Swaddling increases babies’ risk of hip abnormalities

@article{Torjesen2013SwaddlingIB,
  title={Swaddling increases babies’ risk of hip abnormalities},
  author={Ingrid Torjesen},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
  year={2013},
  volume={347}
}
  • I. Torjesen
  • Published 29 October 2013
  • Medicine
  • BMJ : British Medical Journal
A resurgence in the popularity of swaddling babies is increasing the risk of developmental hip problems that could cause disability in middle age, a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon has warned in an editorial in the Archives of Disease in Childhood .1 Swaddling involves binding or bundling babies in blankets to restrain their arms and extend their lower limbs. Historically the swaddling of infants was almost universal, but it went out of fashion in many parts of the world, although it remains… 

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