Musculoskeletal Examination

Palpate the clavicle. At 1 month of age, the presence of a callus formation is suggestive of a healing clavicular fracture.

The hips must be reexamined for dislocation at every routine visit for the first year of life. The technique is described in the section on Examination of the Newborn. After 4 months of age, a dislocated hip can no longer move in and out of the socket, and so Barlow's and Ortolani's tests will yield negative results. Instead, the examiner finds that the hip does not fully abduct.

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