Hypotonic cerebral palsy describes a CP child with decreased muscle tone. The child will seem very relaxed, even floppy. Infants with hypotonia have a “rag doll” appearance because their arms and legs hang by their sides, and they have little or no head control.
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What’s the problem?
By definition, hypotonic cerebral palsy refers to the brain’s two halves (cerebral), to any disorder involving impairment in control of bodily movement (palsy), and low muscle tone (hypotonic). Hypotonic cerebral palsy sufferers might seem floppy or unsteady when they walk. Additionally, hypotonic CP sufferers often have difficulty in maintaining posture while sitting or standing.
Unfortunately, hypotonic cerebral palsy is incurable. The effects of this condition are more pronounced in some patients than in others. However, hypotonic cerebral palsy does not, generally, get worse over time. There are several main causes of hypotonic cerebral palsy: acquired hypotonic cerebral palsy from head injury or asphyxiation, congenital hypotonic cerebral palsy from infections during pregnancy, jaundice, or lack of oxygen to the brain.
Most cases of hypotonic cerebral palsy are the result of brain injuries or infections acquired during prenatal development. A mother who has a serious infection, such as rubella or German measles, may transfer it to her fetus. Congenital spinal cord defects, premature birth, or oxygen deprivation during labor can also affect the brain’s ability to regulate muscle development and movement. Rarely, a serious brain injury acquired in the first year of life can cause hypotonic symptoms.
Depending on the degree of muscle involvement, an infant may need to stay in a critical care unit for several weeks or months. Babies who are able to breathe and swallow with minimal assistance may be allowed to go home. As infants continue to develop, muscle tone issues become more prevalent. They are typically small and frail, and have significant difficulties learning to speak and swallow solid food. Intelligence is usually not affected by hypotonic cerebral palsy, but communication issues can impair a child’s ability to learn.
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