Millie Mackintosh says her baby daughter has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia

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Millie Mackintosh has said that she has had an “emotional few days” after her baby daughter was diagnosed with developmental hip dysplasia.

The former Made In Chelsea star, 31, said she was “shocked and saddened” to find out that her daughter Sienna had the condition, which means that the hip joint has not yet formed properly.

Her daughter is wearing a harness for six to 12 weeks in an effort to correct it, she said, adding that the treatment has a 90% chance of working.

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. 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 💗

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“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!” she wrote on Instagram.

“It feels like we are back at the newborn stage, her routine has gone out the window and we are having to learn how to care for her all over again.”

She shared the message alongside an image of her holding the baby.

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Mackintosh and Taylor married in 2018 (Ian West/PA)

Mackintosh and her husband Hugo Taylor welcomed the birth of Sienna earlier this year.

The couple tied the knot in 2018.