When a child has hypotonia, it means they have decreased muscle tone. Low muscle tone may be a condition on its own, called benign congenital hypotonia, or may be the result of another disease or disorder.

Pediatric Neurological Associates are experts on hypotonia among children. We are more than qualified to provide you with an accurate diagnosis as to the problem they are experiencing, as well as beneficial forms of treatment. All of the following are circumstances that can cause hypotonia:

» Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries
» Central Nervous System Disorders
» Serious Infections
» Genetic Disorders
» Muscle Disorders

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Does My Child Have Hypotonia?

Do you think your child may have hypotonia? Look for these common indicators of hypotonia in infants and children:

» Infant has floppy or "rag doll" like feeling when held
» Infant lags behind in passing fine and gross motor milestones
» Has a hard time holding head up or balancing in sitting position
» Tendency for hip, jaw, and neck dislocations to occur
» May have trouble feeding and inability to suck or chew for extended periods
» May exhibit shallow breathing and have trouble with speech

Effective Hypotonia Treatment 

Choosing the right hypotonia treatment for your child is completely dependent on the cause of muscle tone loss. With a number of different disorders causing this condition, you need the help of professionals, like the Pediatric Neurology Associates. Several forms of Hypotonia exist:

» Benign Congenital Hypotonia—no continual treatment is necessary, but may need period treatment for accompanying problems, like frequent dislocations

» Hypotonia as a Symptom of Another Disorder—treatment will be based on the root cause of the muscle tone loss, meaning the diagnosis, such as muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy

Child Muscle Pain & Weakness

While the average child experiences muscle pain as a result of growing, persistent muscle pain and weakness is not considered normal. If your child has joint or muscle pain that is accompanied by the following, consult Pediatric Neurology Associates today:

» Limping
» Impaired Activity
» Fatigue or Persistent Decreased Energy
» Swollen Lymph Nodes
» Swelling or Stiffness
» Persistent Fever
» Abdominal Pain

If you are concerned that your child may have hypotonia, contact Pediatric Neurology Associates today and consult our specialists. We have multiple locations throughout the region and serve on staff at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa.