PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What causes hypotonia?

ANSWER

Floppy infant syndrome can happen for no clear reason -- what doctors call benign congenital hypotonia. But more often, it’s related to another health problem. There are many causes. A few are:

  • 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
  • Achondroplasia
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Severe infections

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

NEXT QUESTION:

What tests are used to diagnose hypotonia?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: