low musle tone

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Erica - posted on 03/06/2012

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Tammi,



Not sure of your question about hypotonia but both of my children have it. My daughter is almost 3 and my son is 8 months. Early intervention has been a world of help and you should find out if your County offers it. In Auglaize County, OH if they child has a delay of 30% or more OR is diagnosed by a doctor they can get into the program for FREE. This is a scary and hard thing to deal with if you feel lost and blind. My daughter wasn't diagnosed until she was almost 1 but my son was diagnosed at 4 months.



Caroline can jump and climb and play just like anyother child, I don't feel like her coordantion is that off for a child her age. My Doctor and therapist both suggested putting her in Ballet when she's old enough. Now she couldn't climb up on the couch till she was amost 2 and climbing the ladder to the slide, walking, crawling, doing normal kid stuff all came later but with patience on my part and not letting her know something was wrong with her she is one of the best success stories our EI services have seen in a long time! Let me know if you have questions as a mother who has experianced it. It's a lot different then googling it and reading the results, it's not as scary as it sounds.

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Sara - posted on 12/13/2013

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My son is two yeat old stil no self sitting, cannot standup his feet , doesnot raise his hands upward....now for a week he shows some resistance in his neck during physiothetepy....I have no diagnosis ,,, therapist says maybe he has hypotonia or muscular distrophy

Katherine - posted on 03/06/2012

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A child is said to have low muscle tone — hypotonia — if his muscles are on the loose, floppy side. You may find it unusually easy to move your child's arms and legs when they are relaxed, or that he seems to slip through your arms when you pick him up. Although hypotonia is not a well-understood phenomenon, children with low muscle tone often have delayed motor skills, muscle weakness, and / or coordination problems.



While low muscle tone in an infant can be caused by a variety of fairly serious problems including hypothyroidism, Down syndrome, or a neurological problem, if your child was not diagnosed with the problem until after his first birthday, his problem is likely to be milder.



In some cases, doctors are unable to identify a cause for a child's hypotonia and it gets better over time without treatment. The clinical name for this form is benign congenital hypotonia. Interestingly, many children with benign congenital hypotonia will have a parent or sibling who likewise had low muscle tone during their childhood, suggesting a genetic connection.



Because your toddler needs to build muscular strength and agility, it's important that he be as active as possible. It doesn't much matter what he does — whether it's swimming, gymnastics, or general running around — as long he does something that gets him going. Pick an activity he likes to do, simply because he's more likely to stick with it if it's fun. Although physical therapy is sometimes recommended for children with low muscle tone, few studies have been done and experts disagree on how effective it is. Mild hypotonia typically improves over time with or without therapy.



You may, however, have to lower your expectations for your child's future athletic prowess, since children with mild hypotonia are more likely than other children to have coordination problems and may well be less adept at — and therefore less interested in — sports during their grade-school years. A non-competitive environment that focuses on enjoyment and self-improvement rather than performance or winning will help your child participate enthusiastically without feeling penalized if he's less agile than some of his peers. And it's important to keep in mind that even if your child isn't destined to be a Little League star, he'll be able to have a fine life in many other ways.

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