Swaddling prompts hip dysplasia fear

Swaddling of infants was once an almost universal practice, but fell out of favour in many parts of the world. The technique has recently become fashionable again because of its perceived calming effects, according to Professor Nicholas Clarke, of Southampton University Hospital.

Nine out of 10 infants in North America are now swaddled in the first six months of life, and demand for swaddling clothes soared by 61% in the UK between 2010 and 2011.

But Professor Clarke pointed to a growing body of evidence to show swaddling is linked to a heightened risk of