How do I help my 3 1/2 year old just diagnosed with low muscle tone?

User - posted on 07/19/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 3 1/2 year old daughter was just diagnosed with low muscle tone. We just began seeing an OT for sensory issues. She crawled and walked a little late as a baby but did not need physical therapy to master these skills. Now that she is older and in school she does not have the endurance to keep up with the other kids. She gets tired running, cannot peddle a bike or trike, has issues climbing and can't hang from a bar. I asked my OT about getting her some physical therapy and she told me that once a child has low muscle tone they always have low muscle tone and it won't help. Has anyone had success helping an older child with low muscle tone that was not diagnosed as a baby?

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Tina - posted on 07/20/2012

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http://www.babycenter.com/404_what-is-lo...
Thought this would be helpful for you. Not only to get some information but there are others on here who have experience in this area which may be of some help. I hope this helps. I think you'll find you daughter would benefit from physical therapy. If your doctor cannot help it might be an idea to get a second opinion.

Cherish - posted on 07/20/2012

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My son has hypotonia as well.
If she has sensory issues as well,I am assuming she might have some other developmental delays(or am I wrong?)
If she does have DD,Climbing,peddling and hanging from a bar might come in time,and they are more of a motor planning thing than a tone issue(unless it is significant,but if low tone was mod-severe she would have been diagnosed with it much earlier than 3.5)
Tone and strength are not the same thing.

Tina - posted on 07/20/2012

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I'm sure diet would help maybe try to get referred to a dietician if doctor can't help try finding one use google or something. I'm sure the right diet would help a bit. Eating the right veggies and protein.

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