Disjointed care misses ‘clicky hips’

GPs are being urged to check all newborn babies for ‘clicky hips’ following a tripling in the number of late diagnoses.

The incidence of developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) diagnosed after three months of age increased from 0.22 to 0.77 per 1000 live births between 1988-2003 and 2003-2009 in SA, according to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia this week.

This rise in delayed diagnoses may be due to confusion about whether GPs, child health nurses or other practitioners are responsible for checking newborns