Joint Popping in Baby?

Updated on January 15, 2011
A.R. asks from Cleveland, MO
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My 7.5 month old has joints that pop and crack since she was born. Wrists, ankles, shoulders, knees...everything. Today while I was holding her against me (we were facing each other), she was swiveling back and forth to look behind her and her hip joints popped when she twisted more than once! It's just weird! She's never exhibited any signs of pain or being uncomfortable and when I asked the pediatrician at her last check-up he just brushed it off like it was no big deal. Anyone else heard of this and is it something I should have looked at? Thanks!

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Thanks for the reassurance, ladies...I'm sure it will still creep me out but at least now I know it's not that bad!

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answers from Pueblo on

My 4month old is the same way. i too am very concern. If there is somthing that you or anyone else knows i would appreciate some info... thank you



answers from Toledo on

Same thing here...and the dr. told me it wasn't a big deal either!!! She's a year and a half now and no other problems!



answers from Columbus on

My daughter did (and still sometimes does) the same thing. I brought it up to the ped when she was tiny and she said that babies joints are very elastic and pops and cracks are really common, not to worry. She has mostly grown out of it (she's 27 months now and her wrists still crack), but if your ped wasn't worried about it, I wouldn't either.


answers from Kansas City on

I had some children who had this as well and they are now grown and no issues with it now. I think some kids are just more flexible while those joints and bones are all forming and growing. I do have a couple of kids who are very very almost double jointed, if there is such a thing. Not sure if that is connected to this issue at all though.
Don't worry though.



answers from St. Louis on

Last week at my baby girl's 2-month check-up, I asked the ped about the exact same thing, and she said it's normal (which makes sense when you think about the fact that babies' bones are still forming and their joints are looser). Usually at check-ups (early on, at least), peds check the joints, especially the hips (but again, that's the first few visits). If the doc said it was o.k., it most likely is just the normal cracking and popping that baby joints make. It's scary to hear, though, I know!!



answers from Chattanooga on

My DD does the same thing... I think it's normal. The pediatrician checks her joints and it does it then, and she hasn't said anything about it...

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