Millie Mackintosh praises ‘incredible’ daughter Sienna, 3 months, for ‘adapting’ after hip dysplasia diagnosis as she admits it’s the ‘hardest thing she’s had to overcome as a parent’
- Millie revealed her daughter was diagnosed during a 12 week follow up scan
- Sienna was initially checked out as she was breech from 28 weeks onwards
- The three-month-old will have to wear a special harness for six to 12 weeks
- Ninety per cent of babies have completely corrected hips following treatment
- Millie welcomed Sienna with husband Hugo Taylor, 34, in May this year
Millie Mackintosh has opened up about three-month-old daughter Sienna’s hip dysplasia diagnosis just days after revealing she has the condition.
The mother-of-one, 31, admitted it was the ‘hardest’ thing she has 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 baby girl for being able to ‘adapt’ to wearing a harness – which she is allowed to remove once a day.
Candid: Millie Mackintosh has opened up about three-month-old daughter Sienna’s hip dysplasia diagnosis just days after revealing she has the condition
Discussing Sienna’s hip dysplasia, Millie said: ‘Now the shocks worn off, babies are incredible at adapting. It’s been one of the hardest things we’ve overcome as a parent.
‘Sienna has already adapted, harder for the parents to adapt. Sienna is able to take off her harness once a day.’
Millie discussed how she has been keeping Sienna clean while wearing the harness in a candid Instagram Live hosted on the WaterWipes channel.
Family: The mother-of-one, 31, admitted it was the ‘hardest’ thing she has had to overcome as a parent, after being told Sienna would wear a harness for up to 12 weeks
She joined dermatologist Dr Niki Ralph to talk about skincare for babies and how becoming a mum in lockdown has changed her perception of parenthood.
‘We’ve been using cotton wool and water to clean her but what I found is that it was leaving a cotton residue on her skin so they’ve (WaterWipes) been a big help especially in the heat, keeping her cool as well and refreshing her.’
The former Made In Chelsea star also touched on the fact that she and her husband Hugo Taylor, 34, welcomed a baby during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
Incredible: Despite her own initial struggles with the news, Millie praised her baby girl for being able to ‘adapt’ to wearing a harness – which she is allowed to remove once a da
She said: ‘So yeah, I had a lockdown baby, which was something you are going to tell them when they are older.
‘So do you know what for me, I found, yes it was scary and was unsettling, but the positive I took from it is spending a lot more time at home, as with my husband, and taking that time to bond and connect.’
Offering advice to other new mums, she said: ‘Sleep when your baby sleeps, that saved me in the first couple of weeks. Make sure to nap in the day, when they baby is napping. You catch up that way and its less brutal.’
Millie first detailed her ’emotionally challenging’ week after discovering her little girl Sienna has developmental hip dysplasia on Saturday.
Explaining: Millie revealed Sienna was diagnosed with the condition following a routine scan
She added: ‘Any advice on how to make her more comfortable would be much appreciated as although she is being very brave she is confused and frustrated that she can’t move her legs and it’s really challenging emotionally as parents to see her so distressed’
Millie said her little girl was diagnosed with the condition during a follow up appointment after a routine scan.
The diagnosis means that Sienna will have to wear a special harness for six to 12 weeks in order to treat the dysplasia and new mum Millie admitted she is finding it tricky to cuddle and breastfeed her daughter.
Detailing the experience, Millie took to Instagram and explained: ‘It’s been an emotional few days over here…Sienna had a routine hip scan at 6 weeks because she was breech from 28 weeks onwards.
‘It showed one hip socket was under developed but I was reassured it was likely to sort itself out by 12 weeks, but they booked her in for another scan just to make sure.
Millie admitted that she tried not to think about the outcome of the second scan and continued to make the most of her time with her baby and husband Hugo Taylor, 34.
She continued: ‘Despite being naturally worried initially, I put it to the back of my mind and got on with things.
Love: Millie admitted that she tried not to think about the outcome of the second scan 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 she has in fact got developmental hip dysplasia and the treatment is to wear a special harness all the time for 6-12 weeks.’
According to the NHS website, developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a condition where the ‘ball and socket’ joint of the hip does not properly form in babies and young children.
It’s sometimes called congenital hip dislocation 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 socket.
In DDH, the socket of the hip is too shallow and the femoral head is not held tightly in place, so the hip joint is loose.
Millie explained that a full recovery was very likely for Sienna, and said: ‘Apparently, it has a 90% chance of totally correcting her hip, so she hopefully shouldn’t need surgery or have any issues with her movement, so we are remaining positive and grateful that we found out early.’
Hopeful: The former Made In Chelsea star, 31, revealed her daughter, three months, was diagnosed with the condition following a routine scan
Millie said: ‘The hardest part is that I can’t hold her properly to cuddle her and finding a comfortable breast feeding position is really difficult while we adapt to this change in our reality, a reality that we’ve worked so hard on!’
‘It feels like we are back at the new born stage, her routine has gone out the window and we are having to learn how to care for her all over again.’
Millie also asked any fellow parents how they have managed to overcome these struggles after their child was diagnosed with DDH, she said:
She went on to add that she is struggling with not being able to hold her daughter properly, while breastfeeding is also proving problematic.
‘Any advice on how to make her more comfortable would be much appreciated as although she is being very brave she is confused and frustrated that she can’t move her legs and it’s really challenging emotionally as parents to see her so distressed.’
WHAT IS DEVELOPMENTAL DYSPLASIA OF THE HIP?
Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) occurs when the ball and socket 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 socket.
In DDH, the hip socket is too shallow and the femoral head is not held tightly in place. This causes the hip joint to be loose. In severe cases, it can dislocate.
DDH can affect one or both hips. It is more common in the left hip, as well as in girls and firstborn children.
One or two in every 1,000 babies have DDH that requires treatment.
This may include a fabric splint, called a Pavlik harness, which secures the hips in a stable position so they can grow normally.
If this does not work, or the child is over six months at the time of diagnosis, surgery may be required to place the ball of the femur in the hip socket.
Left untreated, DDH can cause patients to develop a limp, hip pain or oestoarthritis.
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