hypotonia

Treat Hypotonia Naturally

Hypotonia is a condition that predominantly affects infant and new born children. It is also known as floppy infant syndrome because of this. It is a symptom of other conditions, but it is not fatal. The cause of the hypotonia will determine if the condition improves, stays the same or worsens. There are few treatments for it; most of the treatments revolve around stimulating blood flow and gently exercising the muscles in order to build up muscle tone.

 

How do I know if I have hypotonia?

  • Problems with mobility
  • Trouble with posture
  • Trouble breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Speech difficulties
  • Joint laxity
  • Poor reflexes

 

How do I prevent hypotonia?

Hypotonia is often a symptom of another disorder such as cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome or a serious infection such as meningitis. It can also be caused by premature birth and hormone disorders. As such there is no way to prevent hypotonia.

 

How can I treat hypotonia?

  • Go to physiotherapy and learn exercises to do with your child to help build muscle tone.
  • Work on massaging your child’s limbs to help stimulate blood flow.
  • Compression wraps can help increase blood flow as well, improving joints and developing muscles.
  • Make weight training fun. Let them lift beanbags for a start. Even infants can do this. Place the beanbag on the limb then gently help them raise it.
  • Use pressure massage, thermal stimulation, tapping and vibration to help increase blood flow to a specific area.
  • Work on developing fine motor skills slowly.
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