Infants with normal tone can be lifted by placing hands under their armpits, but hypotonic infants tend to slip between the hands as their arms rise unresistingly upward.
Hypotonic infants who matured into children with minimal disabilities were highly likely to have poor motor coordination at age three (78%).
While most children tend to flex their elbows and knees when resting, hypotonic children hang their arms and legs limply by their sides.
If lifted under the armpits, the hypotonic infant's arms will raise with no resistance and easily slip between the hands.
They must exercise special care when lifting and carrying the hypotonic infant to avoid causing an injury to the child.
The world of typical children can be a difficult place for a hypotonic child, and it is tempting to isolate the child.
Parents of a hypotonic child must follow the treating physician's orders for treatment of the underlying cause.
Another source of concern that parents face is addressing the special needs of their hypotonic child.
A muscle that is tensed and contracted is hypertonic, while excessively loose muscles are hypotonic.
Some hypotonic children also have trouble feeding and are unable to suck or chew for long periods.