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Swaddling linked to hip problems

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Swaddling helps soothe a fussy baby but the technique has been linked to orthopedic problems later in life.

British researchers say swaddling forces a baby's hips to straighten and shift forward which can potentially cause them to misalign. These hip problems have been linked to an increased risk of osteoarthritis and hip replacement in middle age.

Experts say swaddling can be safe if the babies' legs are not tightly wrapped and pressed together and allows for plenty of hip movement.

-Study led by researchers at Southampton University Hospital (UK) and published in 'Archives of Disease in Childhood'  Extract link

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