Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a collection of inherited conditions that cause the tissues that connect parts of the body (connective tissue) to be loose. This can cause loose joints, stretchy skin, and delayed healing of the skin. This collection of conditions was reclassified in 2017, so it is important to have information that is specific to the child.

Children with EDS can often bend their thumbs down to their wrists, place their palms on the floor easily, or twist their joints in unusual ways. Their skin can seem soft and doughy, and it might bruise more easily. Some of these children might have low muscle tone, and some may be somewhat delayed in their motor milestones. They may have a high arched palate or crowded teeth. They have normal intelligence and usually function normally in a classroom.

No medications are recommended, but pain relievers such as ibuprofen may be prescribed...

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