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The Danger of Improper Positioning

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  • September 25, 2020

The Danger of Improper Positioning

The Danger of Improper Positioning

By Walter Tarrant, Media Coordinator

Baby carriers bring children closer to their mothers and fathers throughout the day, but like most baby gear there are issues that parents should be aware of. For example, it may be possible for babies to develop or have worsening hip dysplasia with certain improperly designed carrier models. An improperly designed carriers can come from any of the baby carrier companies. 1 in 10 infants can have hip instability an ill-fitting carrier may exacerbate the instability and lead to painful issues with a baby’s stature, gait, and legs.

“In the case of mothers and fathers, there is often an emotional longing to hold the baby as close to them as possible and they also know that the baby will be calmer and happier whenever there is bodily contact with a parent. Psychologists and many children’s doctors promote carrying for these reasons,” says Dr. E Fettweis an Orthopedist, ret. Head physician, Aachen, Germany. Parents and children find great benefits to being close to each other. A parent, however, does have to be aware of the risks, so that they can be reduced. Dr. Fettweis writes an excellent article on carrying babies in baby-carriers.

A properly seated carrier, per Fettweis, favors the development of the hip joints. To prevent early joint stretching the carried infant’s legs must be bent and spread to avoid prone position like carrying. Proper carrying position is known as the M position, with the legs supported to the knee and only the calves hanging down.

Currently, there are no regulations for how babies should be positioned in carriers and slings. This may be a failure by the manufacturers to consider the negative effects that these products can have on a child’s body during the early stages of development.

Even though the government does not legally require proper hip positioning for baby carriers, manufacturers of baby products should still do their part to ensure their products are safe. Despite the research that you as a parent or relative may do to care for your child, many manufacturers sell their products without disclosing all the necessary information. This leaves a parent at an impasse when deciding what is safest for their child’s wellbeing.


If a loved one has suffered from hip dysplasia or similar issues after use of a baby carrier please contact our firm today at 303-377-3474 or email us at intake@denverfirm.com