Swaddle Vs Squat

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  • October 2, 2020

Swaddle Vs Squat

By Walter Tarrant, Media Coordinator

In cultures around the world there have been numerous techniques invented to carry and soothe newborns. This has been done through shawls, carriers, wraps, blankets, and on the hip of a parent. All of this has been done in effort by the parent to keep their child close by. In the anthropological studies of Saudi Arabian, Turkish, and Navajo Indian cultures; swaddling has been shown to be a prominent carrying trait within these groups. It has even been picked up by popular American pediatricians because they believe it helps reduce crying and increase sleep. However, there may be increased risk for your child to contract developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH).

There are carrying conditions that are favorable for the development of the hip joints in neonates. In many Japanese and African cultures carrying a child on a parents’ back helped in the development of healthy hips in children. Carrying a child on a parent’s hip or back created a seated squat, or M, position. This seated squat promotes flexion and abduction in a baby or toddler’s hips. 

“Although we appreciate that swaddling may sometimes be an effective technique to decrease crying and promote sleep in newborns, there is concern that it may lead to an increase in hip dysplasia,” says Dr. Susan Mahan, MD. When considering the health of a child and a parent’s peace it can be hard to make decisions on how to carry a baby or toddler throughout the day. 

Of course, there are many commercial baby carriers available. However, many companies didn’t and still do not produce carriers that protect hip development. 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