Children’s Podiatry – Hypotonia

Hypotonia refers to a decrease in muscle tone. It is usually a symptom, rather than a condition, of an underlying problem. In many cases Hypotonia will require lifelong care and identifying the cause of hypotonia can often prove long and difficult. The symptom occurs when there is a disruption between the nerves and muscles thereby affecting the nervous system and motor nerves, reducing movement and strength of the muscle.

Hypotonia is usually detected at birth or during infancy, as the child may appear limp and may not be able to keep their knees and elbows slightly bent. The term “floppy baby” was coined for this symptom. While less common, Hypotonia can also manifest at any age.

Signs and symptoms include little to no head control, a delay in fine and gross motor skills, lowered strength and reflexes, bad posture and speech difficulties. Symptoms at later ages can also include poor reflexes and speech difficulties.

Treatment options vary based on the underlying cause and the best treatment approach can only be determined after diagnosis.

If you are concerned about your child suffering from Hypotonia, let us put your mind at ease. At Bankstown Podiatry Clinic, our Podiatrist can help with a range of conditions – call us for a friendly chat on (02) 9791 5798 or fill in the contact form today.