Pavlik Harness

A Pavlik harness is a brace often used to treat developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) in babies younger than 6 months. The harness has fabric straps and fasteners that fit around a baby’s chest, shoulders, and legs. The harness holds the baby’s legs in a spread position, with the hips bent so that the thighs are out…

Pavlik Harness

Picture of a Pavlik harness on a baby

A Pavlik harness is a brace often used to treat developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) in babies younger than 6 months.

The harness has fabric straps and fasteners that fit around a baby's chest, shoulders, and legs. The harness holds the baby's legs in a spread position, with the hips bent so that the thighs are out to the sides. This keeps the head of the thighbone (femur) in the correct position in the hip socket for normal development.

Current as ofDecember 12, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

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