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New research questions safety of swaddling

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Swaddling helps soothe a fussy baby but there could be a downside to tightly bundling your bundle of joy.

British researchers say swaddling forces a baby’s hips to straighten and shift forward, which can potentially cause them to misalign.

These hip problems have been linked to an increased risk of osteoarthritis and hip replacements.

Experts say swaddling can be safe if the baby’s legs are not tightly wrapped and pressed together.

Parents should also make sure there is plenty of room for hip movement.