If your child is healthy and has had no developmental problems so far, you likely have nothing to worry about. Children sometimes stiffen up when they’re having a bowel movement, especially if the stool is hard. Another theory is that your child is simply stiffening because he’s excited or frustrated.
What does a stiff baby mean?
Stiff baby syndrome: A genetic disorder also known as hyperexplexia in which babies have an exaggerated startle reflex (reaction).
What does it mean when a baby has stiff legs?
While limb stiffness is a sign of abnormal signals that are being sent from the brain to the body that over-activate certain muscle groups, some of these movement/coordination disorders are mild and can be treated with physical therapy.
Does my baby have hypertonia?
A baby with muscle tone that is too tight or rigid may have hypertonia. Hypertonia is a condition that essentially is the opposite of hypotonia. If left untreated, hypertonia can cause severe health issues in your child. Hypertonia may also indicate cerebral palsy.
Why does my baby stiffen up and shake?
Moving their arms and legs all around can be one of the signs that your baby is hungry. Crying, which can also create shaking, trembling, or stiffening of the body, is also a late sign of hunger. Low blood sugar can also cause shivering in babies.
Why does my baby keep tilting his head back?
Most cases of head tilt are associated with a condition called torticollis, although in rare instances a head tilt can be due to other causes such as hearing loss, misalignment of the eyes, reflux (a flowing back of stomach acid into the esophagus), a throat or lymph node infection, or, very uncommonly, a brain tumor.
What are the signs of cerebral palsy in babies?
Possible signs in a child include:
- delays in reaching development milestones – for example, not sitting by 8 months or not walking by 18 months.
- seeming too stiff or too floppy (hypotonia)
- weak arms or legs.
- fidgety, jerky or clumsy movements.
- random, uncontrolled movements.
- muscle spasms.
- shaking hands (tremors)
How soon can you tell if a baby has cerebral palsy?
The signs of cerebral palsy usually appear in the first few months of life, but many children are not diagnosed until age 2 or later. In general, early signs of cerebral palsy include1,2: Developmental delays. The child is slow to reach milestones such as rolling over, sitting, crawling, and walking.
How do I know if my baby has high muscle tone?
High muscle tone in children is typically identified within the first 18 months of life. Your child may seem stiff or rigid in all limbs, on one side of his/her body, or in one half of the body (either the upper or lower extremities).