How do I know if my baby has high muscle tone?

How do I know if my baby has Hypertonia?

A baby with muscle tone that is too tight or rigid may have hypertonia.

These signs include:

  1. Too much tension in the muscles while the baby is at rest.
  2. Rigid limbs and neck.
  3. Difficulty bending and stretching the arms, legs and neck.
  4. Very little or no movement of the limbs and neck.

What does high muscle tone in babies mean?

High muscle tone is often associated with damage to the brain and/or central nervous system. Some of the most common diagnoses include cerebral palsy, stroke, and multiple sclerosis.

What does high muscle tone look like?

High muscle tone will often present as appearing rigid, it’s generally difficult to move and often involve muscles responsible for flexion, more than extension. In the leg, the knee may have a slight bend, the same will go for the elbow, while wrist and fingers are often fisted.

Are babies with Hypertonia always stiff?

Hypertonia is an umbrella term that describes when there is an abnormally high muscle tone in the infant’s body. High muscle tone causes the baby to be stiff and rigid, especially when held. Newborn babies with this condition may have difficulty with mobility and flexing.

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What causes high tone?

Hypertonia is caused by upper motor neuron lesions which may result from injury, disease, or conditions that involve damage to the central nervous system. The lack of or decrease in upper motor neuron function leads to loss of inhibition with resultant hyperactivity of lower motor neurons.

Does high muscle tone always mean cerebral palsy?

However, high muscle tone is not always indicative of cerebral palsy. Hypertonia can be the result of any sort of damage to the central nervous system (the brain or spinal cord) such as a spinal cord injury, stroke, or traumatic brain injury.

What is hypertonia toddler?

Hyper-tonia: ‘tonia’ refers to muscle tone or muscle tension and ‘hyper’ means over, above, or more. Hypertonia is increased muscle tone, and lack of flexibility. Children with Hypertonia make stiff movements and have poor balance. They may have difficulty feeding, pulling, walking, or reaching.

Can Hypertonia in babies be cured?

Dystonic hypertonia: This type is associated with muscle rigidity and lack of flexibility. A person with dystonic hypertonia can have an involuntary posture due to their inability to stretch the muscles. Dystonic hypertonia is commonly associated with Parkinson’s Disease.

How do you test for Hypertonia?

Computerized tomography or CT scan or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan to find out if there are any abnormalities or damage in the central nervous system. EEG (Electroencephalogram) – test to detect the electrical brain waves and brain activity.