Millie Mackintosh has released her three-month-old daughter Sienna’s diagnosis of hip dysplasia just days after revealing she has the condition.
Mother-of-one, 31, admitted it was the ‘most difficult’ thing she had to overcome as a parent, after being told Sienna would wear a harness for up to 12 weeks .
Despite her own initial struggles with the news, Millie praised her little girl for being able to ‘adjust’ to wearing a harness – which she is allowed to take off once a day.
Candid: Millie Mackintosh revealed her three-month-old daughter Sienna’s diagnosis of hip dysplasia just days after revealing she had the condition
Discussing Sienna’s hip dysplasia, Millie said, “ Now that the shocks have worn off the babies are incredibly able to adjust. This is one of the most difficult things we have overcome as a parent.
“Sienna has already adapted, more difficult for parents to adapt. Sienna is able to take off her harness once a day.
Millie explained how she kept Sienna clean while wearing the harness in a Candid Instagram Live hosted on the WaterWipes channel.
Family: Mother-of-one, 31, admitted it was the ‘hardest’ thing she’s had to overcome as a parent, after teaching Sienna to wear a harness for 12 weeks .
She joined dermatologist Dr Niki Ralph to talk about baby skin care and how becoming a locked out mom has changed her perception of parenthood.
“ We used cotton and water to clean her, but what I found was it left a cotton residue on her skin so they (WaterWipes) were a big help. , especially in the heat, also keeping it cool refresh it.
The former Made In Chelsea star also spoke about the fact that she and her husband Hugo Taylor, 34, welcomed a baby during the national coronavirus lockdown.
Unbelievable: Despite her own initial struggles with the news, Millie praised her little girl for being able to ‘adjust’ to wearing a harness – which she is allowed to take off once a day.
She said: ‘So yeah, I had a baby on lockdown, what you’re going to tell them when they’re older.
“ So do you know what I found for myself, yes it was scary and unsettling, but the positive I got from it is spending a lot more time at home, like with my husband, and to take this time to bond and connect. ‘
Offering advice to other new moms, she said: ‘Sleep when your baby is sleeping, it saved me in the first two weeks. Make sure you take a nap during the day when your baby is napping. You catch up that way and it’s less brutal.
Millie first detailed her “ emotionally difficult ” week after finding out her baby daughter Sienna had developmental hip dysplasia on Saturday.
Explaining: Millie revealed Sienna was diagnosed with the condition after a routine scan
She added: ‘Any advice on how to make her more comfortable would be greatly appreciated because although she is very brave she is confused and frustrated that she cannot move her legs and it is really a challenge. emotional as parents to see her so distressed ”
Millie said her baby daughter was diagnosed with the condition during a follow-up appointment after a routine scan.
The diagnosis means Sienna will need to wear a special harness for six to 12 weeks in order to treat dysplasia, and new mom Millie has admitted she finds it difficult to cuddle and breastfeed her daughter.
Detailing the experience, Millie took to Instagram and explained, “It’s been a very emotional few days here… Sienna had a routine hip scan at 6 weeks because she was breech from 28 weeks. .
“ It showed that a hip socket was underdeveloped, but I was reassured that it was likely to resolve on its own within 12 weeks, but they reserved it for another scan just to make sure.
Millie admitted that she tried not to think about the second scan result and continued to make the most of her time with her baby and husband Hugo Taylor, 34.
She continued, “ Although understandably worried at first, I put it in my memory and got down to doing things.
Love: Millie admitted she tried not to think about the second scan result and continued to make the most of her time with her baby and husband Hugo Taylor, 34 (pictured)
“ But when we went for our second scan I was shocked and saddened to learn that she actually had developmental hip dysplasia and the treatment is to wear a special harness all the time for 6 to 12 weeks. ”
According to the NHS website, developmental hip dysplasia (DDH) is a condition in which the “ ball ” hip joint does not form properly in babies and young children.
It is sometimes called congenital dislocation of the hip or hip dysplasia. The hip joint attaches the thigh bone (femur) to the pelvis. The top of the femur (femoral head) is rounded, like a ball, and sits inside the cup-shaped hip cavity.
In DDH, the hip cavity is too shallow and the femoral head is not held firmly in place, so the hip joint is loose.
Millie explained that a full recovery was very likely for Sienna and said, “ Apparently he has a 90% chance of totally correcting her hip so she shouldn’t need surgery or have movement issues so we remain positive and grateful that we found out early.
Hope: The former Made In Chelsea star, 31, revealed her three-month-old daughter was diagnosed with the disease following a routine scan
Millie said: ‘The hardest part is I can’t hold her properly to cuddle her and finding a comfortable breastfeeding position is really hard as we adjust to this change in our reality, a reality that we have. worked so hard! ‘
“It feels like we’re back at the newborn stage, her routine has gone out the window and we have to relearn how to take care of her.
Millie also asked all the other parents how they had managed to overcome these difficulties after their child was diagnosed with DDH, she said:
She added that she struggled not to be able to hold her daughter properly, while breastfeeding is also proving to be problematic.
“ Any advice on how to make her more comfortable would be much appreciated because, although she is very brave, she is confused and frustrated that she cannot move her legs and it is really an emotional challenge as a parents to see her so distressed. ”
WHAT IS DEVELOPMENTAL HIP DYSPLASIA?
Developmental hip dysplasia (DDH) occurs when the ball joint does not form properly in babies and young children.
The hip joint connects the thigh bone, or femur, to the pelvis. The top of the femur is ball-shaped and sits inside the cup-shaped hip cavity.
In DDH, the hip cavity is too shallow and the femoral head is not firmly held in place. This causes the hip joint to relax. In severe cases, it can fall apart.
DDH can affect one or both hips. It is more common in the left hip, as well as in girls and firstborns.
One or two in 1,000 babies have DDH that needs treatment.
This can include a fabric splint, called a Pavlik harness, which keeps the hips in a stable position so they can grow normally.
If this doesn’t work, or if the child is over six months old at the time of diagnosis, surgery may be needed to place the femoral ball in the hip socket.
If left untreated, DDH can cause lameness, hip pain, or osteoarthritis in patients.