If your child seems stiff or rigid, he may have what’s described as high muscle tone (hypertonia), which means that his muscles are chronically contracted. You may notice that your child holds his hands in tight fists or that he seems unable to relax certain muscles.
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).
How do I know if my baby is stiff?
Signs of Stiffness in Infants:
- Your child might hold his/her hands in tight fists or may seem unable to relax certain muscles.
- He/She may have difficulty letting go of an object or difficulty moving from one position to another.
- The legs or trunk of the child might cross or stiffen when you pick the child up as well.
What causes stiff joints in babies?
It could be something that stops the muscles and joints from developing as they should. Sometimes it’s because of another condition, like a disease of the nerves or muscles. Or it might happen because a fetus doesn’t move much during pregnancy. This can affect the way the baby’s muscles and nerves develop.
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:
- Too much tension in the muscles while the baby is at rest.
- Rigid limbs and neck.
- Difficulty bending and stretching the arms, legs and neck.
- Very little or no movement of the limbs and neck.
What are the signs to look for in neurological symptoms in infants?
Neonatal Neurological Disorder Symptoms
- Decreased level of consciousness.
- Abnormal movements.
- Feeding difficulty.
- Changes in body temperature.
- Rapid changes in head size and tense soft spot.
- Changes in muscle tone (either high or low)
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.
What are the symptoms of Hypertonia?
Common symptoms include:
- Difficulty moving around.
- Awkward movements.
- Muscle resistance when your child tries to move.
- Muscle spasms.
- Uncontrolled crossing of the legs.
Do babies with cerebral palsy smile?
Emotional and social milestones are not always as easy to assess, but delays in these can also indicate a child has cerebral palsy or another developmental disorder. A 2-month old baby should be able to smile at people and use simple self-calming techniques.
What does cerebral palsy look like in infants?
Signs and symptoms appear during infancy or preschool years. In general, cerebral palsy causes impaired movement associated with exaggerated reflexes, floppiness or spasticity of the limbs and trunk, unusual posture, involuntary movements, unsteady walking, or some combination of these.