Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip occurs when the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit snugly together. And while it affects between one and three children in every thousand, information and support is poor, leaving parents feeling confused about what happens next.
Inspired by her son who was diagnosed at four months, author of Cast Life: A Parent’s Guide to DDH, Natalie Trice, knows just how life-changing the condition is.
Natalie passionately believes that there needs to be more awareness of DDH, which, left untreated, can lead to long term disability, hip replacements and life long pain.
Cast Life is a comprehensive book that covers everything from explanations about the condition and the treatments involved, to the products available to make life easier for children in casts.
It also looks at family life and dealing with emotions as well including first person stories and parent comments.
“When a child is diagnosed with any illness, the parents often feel overwhelmed and want know as much about the condition as possible. When Lucas was diagnosed with DDH I was terrified and my initial search for information threw up horrific images and worst-case scenarios that simply compounded my fear. With Lucas facing more surgery this autumn, I am really pleased to have done something to help others as I know how hard the waiting and recovery periods are. Cast Life isn’t loaded with medical jargon, but it gives the reader the knowledge and facts they need to get to grips with DDH so they regain a little bit of control and power in what can be a tough situation,” explained Natalie.
Cast Life is available on Amazon.