Infants born with a hyper flexibility may be diagnosed with
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. The condition is characterized by loose joints
and loose connective tissue. It is common for infants and children with a milder form of the condition to “pop out” joints frequently as ligaments are too flexible to hold joints in place.
There are six types of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome recognized today, though up to 10 have been recognized in the past.
- Ehlers Danlos syndrome, classic type
- Ehlers Danlos syndrome, hypermobility type
- Ehlers Danlos syndrome, vascular type
- Ehlers Danlos syndrome, kyphoscoliotic type
- Ehlers Danlos syndrome, arthrochalasia type
- Ehlers Danlos syndrome, dermatosparaxis type
- Ehlers Danlos syndrome, progeroid form
- Ehlers Danlos syndrome, cardiac valvular form
Milder forms of the syndrome can be difficult to diagnose as no major side effects may be reported. Children with a mild form of the syndrome may dislocate fingers, toes, wrist, ankles or hips on occasion. If dislocations continue to occur, genetic testing or physical screenings can be used to diagnose Ehlers-Danlos.
There is no known cure for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Doctors will work with parents to choose the best treatments for children as problems or symptoms arise. The condition is inherited, so both parents may have to undergo testing to determine which is suffering from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.