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Pavlik Harness

Lilie had more x-rays at her appointment with the orthopedic doctor on Wednesday. She does have a dislocated hip. The doctor placed her in a pavlik harness for six weeks. Every two weeks we will return to the doctors for more x-rays and the harness will be tightened.

We were instructed that for the first two weeks she is not allowed to have the harness off at all. We are going to have to change her clothes and diapers around the harness. It is a little difficult right now,but it should become easier with practice.

She was really frustrated the first day that she was in the harness. She has now adjusted very well. She was really happy for the first full day of being in the harness. I hope that it will get easier from here.

Posted on July 17th, 2009 under Uncategorized | Comments: 1

The Journey Continues

Lilie is now two months old. She is growing like crazy. She now weighs 12.4 pounds. She had her two month check up today and we got some news that we really did not want to hear. She possibly has a dislocated hip like her older sister Natalie.

I have noticed that as she was getting older her hips were getting tighter. I watched the doctor rotate her hips like I have been doing every day. I watched the expression on her face and knew without needing an x-ray to confirm that she most likely had a dislocated hip. The x-ray showed what the doctor had suspected so we have an appointment with Natalie’s doctor on the 15th for a more detailed exam.

I will try to keep an update on how everything is going. I know that we have not posted anything in a while. Things are still a little crazy around here with a 9 year old, a 3 year old and a newborn. We will try to do better in the future about keeping the site updated. Also, if anyone has any of their own stories they would like to post just let us know.

Posted on July 8th, 2009 under Uncategorized | Comments: none

Lily Will Be Arriving Soon

This has been an absolutely crazy week. First off, Sheena (my wife) is about to have our third child. It is going to be another girl. So here recently we have been doing a lot of cleaning around the house to get ready for her to come home. I just imagine that Sheena will have her anytime now.

Danielle seems to be okay with the idea. She was not real excited about Natalie being born. However, Natalie is the unsure one this time I think. She has been enjoying playing with Lily’s stuff. She wants to climb in to the swing, play in her crib, and open her toys. She is continuously getting more active since her spica cast is off, but seems to be very attached to us at the moment. She constantly wants all of the attention. I think she realizes that the time is coming really soon that we will have another baby in the house. We will see how it goes!

Posted on April 22nd, 2009 under Uncategorized | Comments: none

Natalie’s Hip Held Up While Hunting Easter Eggs

We had an excellent Easter this year. I ended up being exhausted, but Natalie and Danielle both did quite well. The girls got to hunt Easter eggs three times! Not only that, but it seemed that there were plenty of eggs each time. It started out Saturday where we went to their grandparent’s house. They had a lot of candy, little toys, and knickknacks that they primarily hunted, but there were also lots of eggs. In fact, there was enough to fill up two Easter baskets a piece.

Sunday, despite the terrible weather, they had an Easter egg hunt at our church after service. It was held indoors but it was still a lot of fun. The kids seemed to really enjoy it even though it was fairly crowded.

Then, lastly, they had another Easter egg hunt at their other grandma’s house. Unfortunately, I was worn out by this point and fell asleep but I heard it was a great time as well.

Through all of this Natalie’s hip seemed to hold up well as she bent down continuously to pick things up off the ground. Both of our girls looked very pretty in their Easter dresses.

Posted on April 14th, 2009 under News | Comments: none

Playing on the Trampoline!

Natalie is very active, as stated in almost every other post we have made. Since the weather is starting to get warmer, Danielle and Natalie were able to get outside this last weekend and play around the yard. We bought a trampoline last year. Natalie had a lot of fun Friday evening just playing around on it with her big sister. She probably spent a good 30 minutes out there. That amount of time jumping around just makes me think of a heart attack if I were to even attempt to do it for that long. Again, there was no complaining about her hip and she seems to be doing very well. We are looking at possibly putting her in soccer this next season.

Posted on April 6th, 2009 under News | Comments: none

Natalie’s Hip at Disney World

Last week we had a great time at Disney World. We were able to take our two daughters, Natalie and Danielle down there with their grandparents as well. It was a lot of fun and probably really put a strain on Natalie’s hip. It was a good test for how she would do playing sports.

Anyone who has been there realizes that there is a ton of walking involved. Natalie, being as active as she is, has little desire to be pushed around in a stroller. We got her a small monkey backpack that acted as a leash as well to make sure she didn’t get too far away from us. She walked quite a bit, but was not feeling well. She ended up having an ear infection.

When it came to walking, she did quite well. She never complained or acted as though her hip was hurting. Even while being sick, she still seemed to have much more energy than most of us. We were able to go to all four Disney World parks in Orlando, FL. At all of them, she enjoyed running around and seeing all of the different Disney characters. Overall, I think this showed that she is ready to take on soccer and basketball soon.

Posted on March 26th, 2009 under News | Comments: none

Not Much to Talk About

I’m not going to lie, things have been a little slow around here lately. After the good news about Natalie’s hip, we have basically been doing the same old thing stuff. Natalie is still aggressive as ever and getting after her older sister, Danielle. They are fighting over the smallest things it seems.

Anyhow, we will be taking a week long vacation to Disney World in Florida next week. We are really excited about that. I’m sure we will have some stories to share about how much walking we did. Right now, we are just hoping that we won’t be rained on. The 10 day forecast is not looking so good at the moment.

Also, if you are a reader of this blog, I want to encourage you to get involved here on SpicaCasts.com. If you have a daughter going through this situation, i’m sure other readers would like to hear about it as well. Natalie was just one of the many people that have to endure open reduction and spica casts each year. Please, shoot me an email or post on our forums and let me know that you would like to start submitting articles. I’m sure all of our readers would love to hear about your child’s story.

Posted on March 11th, 2009 under Uncategorized | Comments: none

Good News

Natalie had her appointment yesterday morning. The poor little thing had to have two other tests run on her before we went to see her orthopedic doctor. She was a little traumatized by the time that we had to go this appointment, but we got really good new while we were there.

Natalie no longer has to wear her brace at night. The doctor told us that she is just like every other kid. She can play whatever games she wants. We no longer have to super cautious of what her activities are. The doctor does not want to see her until next year for a follow up. I am sure that we will have to continue follow up appointments for the next couple of years.

The doctor also said that she does not look like she will require surgery when she is four, but it is still not completely out of the question. I will take whatever good news we can get for now. Thanks to everyone who was thinking about her yesterday.

Posted on February 19th, 2009 under General, News | Comments: 4

Update

Natalie is going in for a check up with her doctor tomorrow. She will actually be having a lot of other test run on her as well. She had been having problems with UTI’s so we are having all of her test run tomorrow. She will have a total of three. We will begin our day at 6:30 so that we can get all of her appointments in by noon.

We will keep you posted on her progress with DDH. I pray that we will get some good news tomorrow. She only has like one year left to correct the condition before they consider doing surgery again. I personally do not want to have to go through another surgery that is going to keep immobile for a long period of time.

Posted on February 17th, 2009 under General | Comments: 1

What is Hip Dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia is a condition that involves the hip and the joint. This condition causes the hip to form improperly. In some cases both hips can be affected by Dysplasia. The severity of the case can range widely. The treatment for DDH or Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip depends on how old the child is and how severe the condition.

There are many different causes for dysplasia. A baby that is in the breech position is more likely to develop DDH. A family history is also a common factor. It is important to remember that if you have had one child with DDH, you such have any children that are born after to be checked as well. A female child is also at a higher risk for this condition.

Finding Hip Dysplasia in young infants can be difficult. An ultrasound will be done on the hip joint to see how it is formed and to see if the joint is out of socket. Bones of an infant do not show up on x-rays until they are about 6 months old. Older children will be given x-rays to determine the placement of the hip.

The treatment for Hip dysplasia depends on the age of the child. Infants under the age of six months are normally put into a pavlik harness. The harness is used to place the hip in the correct position. This will reduce the joint and the body will adjust to the proper placement of the hip. Most infants will completely recover using the harness

Older children such as 6 months to 1 year are more likely to need a spica cast. The spica cast will hold the hip in place like the pavlik harness, but it will allow less movement. Surgery is not always required for this procedure. The normal time in a spica cast is six to twelve weeks.

Children close to or over 1 year old are more likely to need surgery to correct the condition. After the surgery to correct the joint, a spica cast will be placed on the child to prevent movement. This will give the joint time to heal in the correct position. The normal amount of time in a spica cast is six to twelve weeks.

Posted on February 10th, 2009 under Information | Comments: none