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Risk Factors for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip

Several factors increase a child's risk for having developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), including:

  • A family history of DDH.
  • Being the firstborn child or a baby who had low amounts of amniotic fluid in the womb.
  • Being female. DDH affects girls more than boys.
  • Being born buttocks first (breech position).
  • Having knee and foot deformities.
  • Being white. DDH is rarely seen in black children.

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.

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Eating Disorders in Children and Teens

Eating disorders in children and teens cause serious changes in eating habits that can lead to major, even life threatening health problems. The three main types of eating disorders are: Anorexia, a condition in which a child refuses to eat adequate calories out of an intense and irrational fear of becoming fat Bulimia, a condition in which a child grossly overeats (binging) and then purges the food by vomiting or using laxatives to prevent weight gain Binge eating,...

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Last Revised April 29, 2011

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Last Updated: April 29, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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