Several factors increase a child's risk for having
developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH),
DDH may be related to higher-than-expected amounts of the
hormones in the mother's bloodstream that loosen
ligaments during pregnancy. Female babies may be more sensitive to these
hormones, which may be one reason why DDH affects girls more than boys.
March 12, 2012
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
& John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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