Hypotonia is the medical term for having low muscle tone. Having hypotonia isn’t the same as having weak muscles, however hypotonia can certainly make it difficult for a person to use the affected muscles.
If your child has hypotonia, you may notice they feel very limp in your arms. This is where the common phrase “floppy infant syndrome” comes from. Most often, doctors can diagnose this condition immediately after a child is born, but it may develop up until a child is 6 months old.
Delmarva Physical Therapy in Berlin offers pediatric physical therapy for hypotonia and other muscle-related weaknesses. Your child’s wellbeing is important to us, and we want to help them enjoy the most fulfilling childhood possible. Contact our clinic today to learn more!
Causes and symptoms of pediatric hypotonia
WebMD states that they are many causes of hypotonia, including the following:
- Brain damage due to lack of oxygen right before or after birth
- Problems with the way the brain formed in the womb
- Disorders that affect nerves
- Spinal cord injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Severe infections
Children with hypotonia have little to no control over their neck muscles, which makes their heads flop unsteadily. Their arms and legs do not bend but rather hang straight downwards at their sides, and they also will experience difficulty sucking on bottles or swallowing.
How physical therapy in Berlin can help your child
Here at Delmarva Physical Therapy our pediatric therapists understand and know how to treat a variety of issues and delays caused by hypotonia.
Delmarva Physical Therapy’s pediatric therapists are movement specialists who are trained to help your child improve their fine motor skills, gain control over their movements, and strengthen and tone their muscles over time.
When you bring your child in for an assessment, our therapists will review his or her medical history, observe their muscle tone, overall mobility, motor skills, sensory skills, reflexes, coordination, balance, and more in order to create a plan of treatment to help their condition.
Contact our clinic today
If your child was diagnosed with hypotonia, or you suspect your child might be struggling with muscle weakness, don’t hesitate to contact Delmarva Physical Therapy today to consult with one of our Berlin pediatric physical therapists.
We will assess your child’s specific needs and create a customized plan for their recovery journey. We take our patient’s progress very seriously, and will make it our priority to help your child gain as much independence as possible as they grow. Call us today at (410) 726-7075 to make an appointment.