Millie Mackintosh emotionally reveals baby daughter Sienna has developmental hip dysplasia and has to wear special harness to correct it

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In an emotional post on Instagram, Millie Mackintosh informed her followers that her baby daughter Sienna, three months, has developmental hip dysplasia.

Millie’s daughter, who she shares with husband Hugo Taylor, has to wear a special harness all the time for up to 12 weeks, with there being a 90 per cent chance of it totally correcting her hip.

The 31 year old Made in Chelsea star said she and Hugo, 34, are remaining positive but admitted that it is very hard to see her little girl being frustrated when she can’t move her legs, while she can also no longer hold her properly to cuddle or breastfeed her.

Alongside a picture of herself and Sienna, Mille wrote: “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.

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“Despite being naturally worried initially, I put it to the back of my mind and got on with things. But when we went for our second scan, I was shocked and saddened to learn she has infact got developmental hip dysplasia and the treatment is to wear a special harness all the time for 6-12 weeks.

“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.

“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.

“I know lots of parents have been through this and similar issues with their babies, I would love to hear your experiences.

“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 #babyhipdysplasia #pavlikharness.”


Millie’s followers replied with messages of support and encouragement, with many revealing their own similar experiences.

One person wrote: “Aw bless her. My eldest was born breech and her left hip socket hadn't formed correctly. She had to wear an aberdeen splint for the first 8 weeks of her life and have consultations up until she turned 16. She's now coming up 20 and a dance student at Kingston Uni. Your little girl will be okay.”

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Another supportive follower said: “Sending you lots of love. also worth noting that M&S have a special range of baby clothes specifically for Hip Dysphasia xxx.”

And a third commented: “My daughter was born with the same but in both hips. She had a fabric harness for 8 weeks and she was fine. The doctors were amazed how quick her hips were back in the correct place. Heartbreaking for us mummies.”

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