For the Health of It: Understanding floppy muscle syndrome

Tyler Ryan and Hima Dalal discuss Hypotonia, including the symptoms and treatments

LEXINGTON SC (WOLO) — Hypotonia, or poor muscle tone, is usually detected at birth or during infancy, and according to Cora Health’s Hima Dalal, it is also known as floppy muscle syndrome.

Doctor’s can diagnose the condition in the first few minutes of life or it will be noticed by six months of age.  Dalal says that poor muscle tone tends to signal a problem with brain, spinal cord, nerves, or muscles.  Occupational therapy and integrative therapy treatment can help your child build stronger muscle and coordination and prevent them from missing the important milestones in a timely manner.

Poor head and neck muscle control doesn’t allow them to do tummy time.  Mothers and family all have a hard time stabilizing babies heads with feeding, dressing, bathing, etc. Sometimes the condition also causes problems with sucking and swallowing. Early OT intervention will also prevent joint subluxation and injury to the baby.

For more information contact Hima Dalal at with any questions. You can also visit the ‘Hima Dalal Integrative Health’ Facebook page for more information.

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