Pavlik harness treatment

Harness to support babies with developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)

Babies are treated with a Pavlik harness by our paediatric experts to stabilise their hips and aid normal development

What is Pavlik harness treatment?

If your baby experiences developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), they can wear a Pavlik harness that strengthens their ligaments around the hip joint.

This is a fabric splint that secures their hips in a strong position, helping to promote natural movement.

Your baby's consultant paediatrician can adjust this harness with each visit. They will also advise on how you can assist with their rehabilitation.

Need to know

  • How will the Pavlik harness work? icon plus

    Your baby's consultant will place them in the harness. They will discuss the different ways in which you can care for your baby during this time.

    Relevant information may include:

    • Changing clothes and nappies
    • Cleaning the harness
    • Recommended sleeping position
    • How to avoid skin irritation

    The brace should be worn constantly for one to two months. Its position may be adjusted on each hospital visit. You will be advised on gradually removing the harness. This can help your baby move more freely, until it can be removed permanently.

  • How to prepare your baby for the Pavlik harness icon plus

    Your baby's consultant will explain how to prepare for their Pavlik harness treatment, answering any questions you might have
  • After wearing the harness icon plus

    There are no side effects associated with Pavlik harness treatment. Your baby should begin to be able to move freely after. This can be helped with activities such as swimming. However if they continue to experience problems, a reduction procedure is an option. Your baby's consultant will of course discuss this option in detail with you if necessary.

Our paediatric orthopaedic consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic consultants who specialise in the hip and pelvis in children and who are experienced in developmental changes in the bones. 

Our locations

From complex hip surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures for children, we provide exceptional orthopaedic care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment with a paediatrician 

To request an appointment, call the paediatric unit on the number below. 

020 7390 8020
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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