Swaddling can hurt babies' hips

Parents could be risking their babies' health because they're being given the wrong advice about swaddling. A new report is warning parents against wrapping up their infants too tightly.

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Swaddling babies too tightly can cause hip problems

Parents could be risking their babies' health because they're being given the wrong advice about swaddling.

A study by an orthopaedic surgeon in Southampton says binding the arms and legs of a baby with a blanket could lead to long term hip damage, even though many new mums are advised to do so.

The new research says that the technique restricts movement which is vital for a baby's development. Nia Mason reports.

The interviewees are the report's author - Professor Nicholas Clarke, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Southampton University Hospitals Trust; and Alicia Reilly, a new mother from the south.

For advice and tips on 'safe swaddling' you can visit The International Hip Dysplasia Institute.

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