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What are the symptoms of hypotonia?

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  • Poor head control. When your baby can’t control her neck muscles, her head will fall forward, backward, or to the side.
  • Feeling limp, especially when you lift her. If you pick her up with your hands beneath her armpits, her arms may raise without resistance -- as if she could slip through your hands.
  • Arms and legs hang straight. Babies usually rest with their arms and legs flexed -- there’s a slight bend in their elbows, hips, and knees. But children with hypotonia don’t.

From: What Is Hypotonia? WebMD Medical Reference

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital: "Hypotonia.”

The Encyclopedia of Neuropsychological Disorders: “Hypotonia.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Assessments for Newborn Babies.”

NHS Choices: “Hypotonia.”

Boston Children’s Hospital: "Muscle weakness (hypotonia) in Children,” "Muscle weakness (hypotonia) Testing & Diagnosis,” "Muscle weakness (hypotonia) Treatment."

NIH Genetics Home Reference: "Achondroplasia."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 06, 2018

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital: "Hypotonia.”

The Encyclopedia of Neuropsychological Disorders: “Hypotonia.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Assessments for Newborn Babies.”

NHS Choices: “Hypotonia.”

Boston Children’s Hospital: "Muscle weakness (hypotonia) in Children,” "Muscle weakness (hypotonia) Testing & Diagnosis,” "Muscle weakness (hypotonia) Treatment."

NIH Genetics Home Reference: "Achondroplasia."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 06, 2018

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