Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Diane | 2012/01/25


Overweight child / broken bones

My step daughter is 11 years old, Weighs 83 kg (at last weigh in) and is 1.66cm. As a 3 year old, my husband picked her up by her arm and the arm popped out of the socket. Now she was playing and has broken her foot. Should I take this child for a bone density test? I have never heard of such a thing as breaking a foot while playing. I have not seen the X-rays. She is not active except on occasion when she swims. Touching her, she has such soft skin that your finger goes right into it. I can''''t help thinking this child needs a diet and excercise programme because if she carries on like this, she is going to end up with alot of health problems. What do you suggest?

Expert's Reply



It is possible that your stepdaughter has a genetic or inherited condition. One disorder that she may have is known as the 'Elers-Danlos syndrome'.There are several other possibilities.It is important that she is seen by a paediatrician.

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