The Pavlik Harness is a brace that is most commonly used for babies who have a hip disorder. The purpose of the harness is to keep the hips and knees bent (flexed) and thighs spread apart (abducted). This position is best to help the hip grow normally.
The Pavlik Harness will be put on your baby by the doctor who will position the straps at the proper place. 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 nurse, patient attendant or resident will help the doctor make adjustments during follow-up visits.