Millie Mackintosh reveals daughter Sienna, 3 months, has hip dysplasia

‘I’m shocked and saddened’: Millie Mackintosh reveals daughter Sienna, 3 months, has hip dysplasia and ’emotionally’ details how she cannot cuddle her due to a corrective harness

  • Millie revealed her daughter was diagnosed during a 12 week follow up scan
  • Sienna was initially checked out as she was breech from 28 weeks onwards
  • The three-month-old will have to wear a special harness for six to 12 weeks
  • Ninety per cent of babies have completely corrected hips following treatment 
  • Millie welcomed Sienna with husband Hugo Taylor, 34, in May this year 

Millie Mackintosh has detailed her ’emotionally challenging’ week after discovering her little girl Sienna has developmental hip dysplasia.

The former Made In Chelsea star, 31, revealed her daughter, three months, was diagnosed with the condition during a follow up appointment after a routine scan.

The diagnosis means that Sienna will have to wear a special harness for six to 12 weeks in order to treat the dysplasia and new mum Millie admitted she is finding it tricky to cuddle and breastfeed her daughter.

Candid: Millie Mackintosh has detailed her ’emotionally challenging’ week after discovering her little girl Sienna has developmental hip dysplasia

Detailing the ‘shocking’ ordeal, Millie took to Instagram and explained: ‘It’s been an emotional few days over here…Sienna had a routine hip scan at 6 weeks because she was breech from 28 weeks onwards. 

‘It showed one hip socket was under developed but I was reassured it was likely to sort itself out by 12 weeks, but they booked her in for another scan just to make sure.

Millie admitted that she tried not to think about the outcome of the second scan and continued to make the most of her time with her baby and husband Hugo Taylor, 34. 

She continued: ‘Despite being naturally worried initially, I put it to the back of my mind and got on with things. 


Explaining: The former Made In Chelsea star, 31, revealed her daughter, three months, was diagnosed with the condition following a routine scan

She added: ‘Any advice on how to make her more comfortable would be much appreciated as although she is being very brave she is confused and frustrated that she can’t move her legs and it’s really challenging emotionally as parents to see her so distressed’

‘But when we went for our second scan, I was shocked and saddened to learn she has in fact got developmental hip dysplasia and the treatment is to wear a special harness all the time for 6-12 weeks.’  

According to the NHS website, developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a condition where the ‘ball and socket’ joint of the hip does not properly form in babies and young children.

It’s sometimes called congenital hip dislocation or hip dysplasia. The hip joint attaches the thigh bone (femur) to the pelvis. The top of the femur (femoral head) is rounded, like a ball, and sits inside the cup-shaped hip socket.

Love: Millie admitted that she tried not to think about the outcome of the second scan and continued to make the most of her time with her baby and husband Hugo Taylor, 34 (pictured)

In DDH, the socket of the hip is too shallow and the femoral head is not held tightly in place, so the hip joint is loose.

Millie explained that a full recovery was very likely for Sienna, and said: ‘Apparently, it has a 90% chance of totally correcting her hip, so she hopefully shouldn’t need surgery or have any issues with her movement, so we are remaining positive and grateful that we found out early.’

She went on to add that she is struggling with not being able to hold her daughter properly, while breastfeeding is also proving problematic. 

Hopeful: The former Made In Chelsea star, 31, revealed her daughter, three months, was diagnosed with the condition following a routine scan 

Millie said: ‘The hardest part is that I can’t hold her properly to cuddle her and finding a comfortable breast feeding position is really difficult while we adapt to this change in our reality, a reality that we’ve worked so hard on!’

‘It feels like we are back at the new born stage, her routine has gone out the window and we are having to learn how to care for her all over again.’

Millie also asked any fellow parents how they have managed to overcome these struggles after their child was diagnosed with DDH, she said: 

‘Any advice on how to make her more comfortable would be much appreciated as although she is being very brave she is confused and frustrated that she can’t move her legs and it’s really challenging emotionally as parents to see her so distressed.’ 

WHAT IS DEVELOPMENTAL DYSPLASIA OF THE HIP?

Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) occurs when the ball and socket joint does not form properly in babies and young children.

The hip joint connects the thigh bone, or femur, to the pelvis. The top of the femur is ball shaped and sits inside the cup-shaped hip socket.

In DDH, the hip socket is too shallow and the femoral head is not held tightly in place. This causes the hip joint to be loose. In severe cases, it can dislocate.

DDH can affect one or both hips. It is more common in the left hip, as well as in girls and firstborn children.

One or two in every 1,000 babies have DDH that requires treatment.

This may include a fabric splint, called a Pavlik harness, which secures the hips in a stable position so they can grow normally.

If this does not work, or the child is over six months at the time of diagnosis, surgery may be required to place the ball of the femur in the hip socket. 

Left untreated, DDH can cause patients to develop a limp, hip pain or oestoarthritis. 

Source: NHS 

The  baby is the first child to Millie and her husband Hugo, whom she appeared with on E4’s BAFTA winning Made In Chelsea. 

Millie and Hugo tied the knot in June 2018 during a lavish ceremony held in Whithurst Park in West Sussex.

New mum Millie has spoken openly about the pressures of motherhood, from breastfeeding struggles to embracing her post-partum body. 

Yummy mummy: New mum Millie has spoken openly about the pressures of motherhood, from breastfeeding struggles to embracing her post-partum body

The brunette beauty recently revealed she’s coming to terms with the physical changes to her body after welcoming Sienna.

Millie embraced her postpartum figure as she posed in a swimsuit for a snap shared to her Instagram, which she captioned: ‘I don’t have a flat stomach and I’m okay with that.’ 

Millie declared she wasn’t let the pressures of being in the public eye affect her social media posts, as she penned: ‘Wasn’t going to post this because you can see the cellulite on my legs but who cares?’ 

Speaking to Glamour, Millie insisted the contrast between her pre and post pregnancy appearance is akin to looking at two completely different people.

‘I’ve started walking every day, I’ve started doing a bit of strength training again and it’s nice to feel like I’m just getting stronger,’ Millie said of her post-partum exercise routine.

‘I just don’t like the term, ‘getting my body back,’ because I think it’s a new body, it’s different, you’ve given birth. So, it’s not your old body anymore.’

A whole new person! Speaking to Glamour , Millie insisted the contrast between her pre and post pregnancy appearance is akin to looking at two completely different people

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