If your child has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia or another hip condition and has been transported in a baby carrier or sling, such as Baby Bjorn, Infantino, Graco, or Evenflo you should speak with a member of our team as soon as possible. Growing research has revealed that certain types of baby carriers are likely unsuitable for infants and may contribute to hip dysplasia and other hip conditions. At Balaban Law we are dedicated to fighting for our client’s well-being, especially children, by holding negligent companies accountable for selling dangerous products to innocent consumers.
Baby Bjorn Original Carrier
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Several baby carriers and slings have been found inadequate to recommendations of health care professionals regarding infant hip development.
Note: Even though some of these products have been discontinued, this does NOT mean your claim is prohibited. If you have used any of these products or other baby carriers, speak with our firm today to discuss your legal options.
Note: Even if your child has not been diagnosed with a hip condition, but you have used any of these carriers extensively, you should check with your medical professional. Hip Dysplasia and other issues are sometimes hard to detect and might have affected your child without your knowledge.
If you have transported your child in any of the following carriers, and your child has a hip injury diagnosis, you should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible:
Baby Bjorn – Baby Carrier Original
Britax⦁ Baby Carrier
Budu⦁ Baby Carrier
Chicco – ⦁ UltraSoft⦁ Infant Carrier
Evenflo⦁ – Breathable Carrier
Evenflo⦁ – Easy Infant Carrier
Evenflo⦁ – Active Carrier
Evenflo⦁ – ⦁ babyGo
Evenflo⦁ – ⦁ Snugli⦁ Comfort
Graco – Soft Infant Baby Carrier
Infantino – Swift Classic Carrier
A parent’s first concern is the safety and well-being of their young child. However, parenthood is an undertaking that involves a lot of work and a lot of decisions.
Numerous companies take advantage of this overwhelming time in a parent’s life by selling products with the promise of providing a better life for your child and an easier life for parents.
Parents do, and should, expect manufacturers to sell safe products for their children, especially when the product comes from a well-respected company. Unfortunately, too often children’s products are defective or pose dangerous risks, which parents only discover after their child has been injured.
If you have used a soft baby carrier, such as Baby Bjorn, and your child is now experiencing hip problems, you may be able to receive compensation for your child’s pain and suffering, as well as for all expenses incurred due to the damage.
Baby carriers that force a child’s legs into a straight or dangling position are unhealthy. When being transported in a carrier, a baby’s hips should be spread apart and bent, almost in a squatting position.
“Parents and caregivers are encouraged to choose a baby carrier that allows healthy hip positioning, in addition to other safety considerations. When babies are carried, especially for prolonged periods of time, the hips should be allowed to spread apart with the thighs supported and the hips bent.”
-The International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI)
See the images below, published by The International Hip Dysplasia Institute, which demonstrate healthy and unhealthy positions for babies in their carriers. The diagram on the left portrays improper baby positioning, while the diagram on the right displays healthier positions for infants in carriers:
The International Hip Dysplasia Institute has published extensive information about baby carriers and slings. Their conclusions are that some baby carriers force infants into unhealthy hip positions, which can lead to hip dysplasia or other hip conditions. According to the Hip Dysplasia Institute:
“There is evidence that carrying a baby on the mother’s body (or father’s body) is likely to influence hip development during the first six months of life when the baby is carried for many hours each day for purposes of bonding, or infant care.”
After a child is born, his or her joints remain soft and malleable. It takes months for the joints to stretch out naturally and become firmer. For newborn children, the ball of their ball and socket hip joint is loose and the edges are made of soft cartilage. This means that the joint can bend easily.
If a child’s legs are forced to stretch out straight for too much time, it can cause the hips to dislocate.
This dislocation of the hip is rarely painful in infancy. Just like the soft cartilage in our ears, bending that area of the body might not cause pain. However, the effects of hip dysplasia often become apparent when the child begins walking. The condition can also lead to painful arthritis in adulthood.
According to the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, for improper baby carriers (indicated in the diagram on the left): “Thigh NOT supported to the knee joint. The resulting forces on the hip joint may be inappropriate for prolonged use when infants have loose hip joints or hip dysplasia.”
For proper baby positioning (indicated in the diagram on the right): “Thigh is supported to the knee joint. The forces on the hip joint are minimal because the legs are spread, supported, and the hip is in a more stable position.”
Hip dysplasia is a condition where the bones of the hip joint are misaligned, instable, and/or loose. Other common names for the same condition include:
⦁ Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)
⦁ Hip Dislocation
⦁ Congenital Dislocation of the Hip (CDH)
⦁ Loose Hips
The diagram on the left indicates a normal hip joint, while the diagram on the right indicates a hip joint with dysplasia, where the socket is shallow.
The most common signs and symptoms of hip dysplasia in infants and children include:
Asymmetrical buttock creases can suggest hip dysplasia in infants but, like a hip click, an ultrasound or x-ray study will need to be done to determine whether the hips are normal or not. Continue reading about Asymmetry.
Hip clicks or pops can sometimes suggest hip dysplasia but a snapping sound can occur in normal hips from developing ligaments in and around the hip joint. Continue reading about Hip Clicks.
Parents may have difficulty diapering because the hips can’t fully spread.
Pain is normally not present in infants and young children with hip dysplasia, but pain is the most common symptom of hip dysplasia during adolescence or as a young adult.
A painless but exaggerated waddling limp or leg length discrepancy are the most common findings after learning to walk. If both hips are dislocated, then limping with marked swayback may become noticeable after the child starts walking.
If your child has experienced any of these symptoms and has been carried in a baby carrier, you should discuss your situation with our firm. We can help you determine if you should file a claim in order to pursue compensation on your behalf.
Get a hip examination and X-Ray. If any signs of damage or harm are discovered, keep these records.
In addition to hip dysplasia, dangerous baby carriers have also been linked to the following:
⦁ Minor laxity of the hip(s)
⦁ Dislocation of the hip(s)
⦁ Developmental Dislocation of the Hip (DDH)
⦁ Avascular Necrosis
⦁ Arthritis of the Hip(s)
Every circumstance is unique, so we will need to gather information about your situation before we can predict the outcome of your claim. However, our injury firm invites you to speak with us if either of the following apply to you:
⦁ You have carried your child in a baby carrier and your child is now experiencing hip problems
⦁ You have carried your child in any of the improperly-designed carriers listed above, especially if your use has been frequent and extensive
When we speak with you, we will also ask if your child has experienced any of the following issues, as these do place children at a higher risk for hip dysplasia and may affect the outcome of your claim:
⦁ Breech birth
⦁ Premature birth (32 weeks or earlier)
⦁ Traumatic fall or dropping accident
⦁ Congenital hereditary hip issues
Know that even if your child has experienced any of the above issues, it does not mean you are unqualified for a claim against a baby carrier manufacturer. As experienced trial lawyers, we know how to fight for the compensation you deserve if your child has been harmed by an unsafe product.
Just because a product is on the market, it does not mean the product is safe for use. Children’s products are regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and must comply with the requirements stated for each type of product. The requirements for baby slings and carriers address certain types of potential dangers, mainly the danger of a baby falling out or being poisoned by the material of the product.
Baby carrier regulations include:
⦁ Strength of fasteners and straps
⦁ Full support of the child
⦁ Safety of leg holes
⦁ Flammability requirements
⦁ Requirements for amounts of lead and Phthalate in product material
⦁ Labeling and registration requirements
However, there are no regulations for how babies should be positioned in carriers and slings, failing to take into account the negative effects these products can have on a child’s body during their 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. Sadly, many manufacturers either sell their products without doing sufficient research or in some cases, despite the research–all in order to make more money, at the expense of your child’s health and safety.