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After Madison was born, she was checked out by a doctor who noticed that her hips clicked. He explained what this was and we learned that it was similar to what our dog had. We made an appointment for Madison to have an ultrasound at Childrenís Hospital the following week. When we arrived home from the hospital, we searched the Internet and found out all we could about hip dysplasia.

After visiting our Pediatrician we were referred to Dr. R at Childrenís Hospital. We learned that Dr. R is a well-known orthopedic doctor. The following week, we had our first of many visits with Dr. R. He put Madison in a Pavlik Harness, which was supposed to keep her hips in the proper position.

The next few visits to Dr. R were hard. Madison would get mad during the ultrasound and kick her hip out of socket. After seven weeks Dr. R decided that the harness was not working and said we will wait one month until Madison turns 3 months and then put her in a cast. We were scared. We felt that we were worrying enough, so we decided not to tell our families until after our next visit.

My husband and I spent the next month getting used to Madison being out of the harness and doing all the things with her that they could not do before. At the next visit Dr. R gave us wonderful news, Madisonís hip was getting better on itís own. We were so happy we had a 4th of July party to celebrate.

We still visit Dr. R to make sure the hip is growing properly. Despite all that Madison went through, she was not slowed down. Two days after the harness was taken off Madison started to roll to her side.


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