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Hip Injuries, Age 11 and Younger (cont.)

Prevention

The following tips may prevent the chance of hip injuries.

  • Always be gentle with your child. Do not grab your child by his or her legs.
  • Be aware of your child's chance of falling, and take steps to prevent falls.
  • Never leave a baby unattended in high places, such as on a tabletop, in a crib with the sides down, or even on a bed or sofa.
  • Do not leave a baby unattended in any infant seat or "sitting" toy, such as a swing, walker, saucer, or jumper. Use all the safety straps provided.

Establish good safety habits early so that your child will continue them when he or she is older.

  • Place children in an approved child car seat when riding in a motor vehicle. Follow the manufacturer's directions for installing and securing the seat.
  • Have older children wear seat belts every time they are in a motor vehicle. Set a good example by always using your seat belt when traveling in a motor vehicle.
  • Have your child wear protective gear when playing contact sports such as football or hockey.

Injuries may occasionally be a sign of abuse. You may be able to prevent further abuse by reporting it and seeking help.

Preparing For Your Appointment

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

You can help your doctor diagnose and treat your child's condition by being prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What are your child's main symptoms? How long has your child had symptoms?
  • How and when did an injury occur?
  • Has your child had any injuries in the past to the same area? Does your child have any continuing problems because of the previous injury?
  • Does your child limp or complain about pain when he or she walks? Where is the pain felt? How far can your child walk without discomfort? Does the pain get better or worse as he or she continues to walk?
  • What activities make your child's symptoms better or worse?
  • What activities is your child involved with? Has your child recently started a new activity?
  • What home treatment measures have you tried? Did they help?
  • What prescription or nonprescription medicines has the child taken? Did they help?
  • Does your child have any health risks that may increase the seriousness of his or her hip symptoms?

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