The Pavlik Harness is a brace that is most commonly used for babies who have hip dysplasia, a hip disorder. Sometimes, it is also used for babies with a femur fracture. The purpose of the harness is to keep the hips and knees bent (flexed) and thighs spread apart (abducted). This position helps allow the hips to grow.
The Pavlik Harness will be put on your baby by the doctor who will position the straps at the proper place. This position helps the ball of the hips and the socket to grow, as best as possible. The extra length of the straps will be folded and taped down. The straps will be marked at the Velcro level to make sure the strap length stays the same. The doctor will make adjustments during follow-up visits.