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2shoescreepingthroughblood Tue 20-Oct-09 20:26:54

what does low tone mean?

Psychotrace2 Tue 20-Oct-09 20:31:09

i think they mean hyptonia!

meltedmarsbars Tue 20-Oct-09 20:53:40


Hypo - too little

Hyper - too much.

Millarkie Tue 20-Oct-09 20:53:41

Yup, hypotonia, low muscle tone. Would that make sense?

glittery Tue 20-Oct-09 21:37:13

i take it to mean floppy?

meltedmarsbars Tue 20-Oct-09 22:03:10


2shoescreepingthroughblood Tue 20-Oct-09 22:14:29

so it means floppy?

lou031205 Tue 20-Oct-09 22:26:39

Yes. Can be very mild, or very severe or anything in between. Can affect some areas of body, or lots or all.

FluffyPumpkins Tue 20-Oct-09 22:38:24

in my dds caseits the inabillity to hold the muscle contraction.
I.e my dd canot stand for long as her legs give way because the muscles release

ouryve Wed 21-Oct-09 12:48:22

Even in their resting state, when they appear to do no work, our muscles aren't completely relaxed. In children with low muscle tone, their muscles are more relaxed than normal, so they may appear floppy, or feel soft and a bit squidgy.

This can be a problem when it comes to maintaining a simple posture, such as sitting up straight, simply because they have to work harder at it. My DS2 is demonstrating this quite well at the moment, virtually lying down to eat a sandwich. It also causes him minor problems with walking, since he walks very flat footed with his feet splayed and even though his muscle definition when he's walking is quite good, he gets more physically tired quicker than other 3 year olds typically do.

cory Wed 21-Oct-09 12:53:45

dd displayed the same symptoms as ouryve's ds, but also found it really hard to breastfeed as she didn't have a strong enough suck; some children with hypotonia also find it hard to chew

2shoescreepingthroughblood Wed 21-Oct-09 13:41:02

thanks it is all so confusing
dd has athetoid cp
but i wouldn't call her "floppy" yet she is not stiff|(excepte when she extends or won't bend a leg)

sweetgrapes Wed 21-Oct-09 13:47:12

How old is your dc?
Mine had difficulty breastfeeding as couldn't suck hard enough.
Head used to suddenly flop forward uptill 8 or 9 months.
Late sitting, rolling, walking etc.
Easy to push over as not sturdy(but conversely now at 8 she can easily push a grown man over simply because she looks so frail and shoves so unexpectedly)
She still has trouble sitting straight and this hinders her writing as well as she likes to supports herself with one hand.
That was what low muscle tone meant for my dd.

ouryve Wed 21-Oct-09 14:27:01

DS2 isn't particularly floppy - just very soft and cuddly!

sarah293 Wed 21-Oct-09 14:43:08

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anonandlikeit Wed 21-Oct-09 20:13:10

ds2 also feels sooo much heavier than his older brother (even though he is almost a stone lighter).
He has always felt like a dead weight.

DS2 has overall low tone with spasticity in his legs.

wasuup3000 Wed 21-Oct-09 21:17:53

Interesting my sons paed report says he has low tone.

2shoescreepingthroughblood Wed 21-Oct-09 21:20:02

tone has never realy been mentioned tbh
have to say dd has always had so many extra movements(pre new meds) that it was hard to tell

wasuup3000 Wed 21-Oct-09 21:27:52

Just looking at what wikipedia is saying now and up to the bit about being late speaker-interesting. I hadn't thought much about it until now.

meltedmarsbars Wed 21-Oct-09 22:52:53

My dd2 has hypotonia.

She cannot crawl or stand or walk. She can sit, very slumped, unaided but tires easily in this position. She cannot maintain a torso position on, for example, a tricycle, she does not have enough tone to pedal (not being able to make legs stiff) If you pick her up it is like lifting a sleeping child, with floppy head - just like a sack o' tatties! (see hoisting thread smile )

She is 7.

So there is quite a range!

2shoescreepingthroughblood Wed 21-Oct-09 23:03:48

thanks that explains it well

meltedmarsbars Wed 21-Oct-09 23:08:51


FluffyPumpkins Wed 21-Oct-09 23:30:49

Ok i have one dd is decibed as having Generalized hypotonia is that different?

meltedmarsbars Wed 21-Oct-09 23:33:35

d'you think that means all over rather than in one area as some posters above have?

Do none of you go to bed?

FluffyPumpkins Wed 21-Oct-09 23:49:25

I thought you were going to bed?

You would think that but says she has generalized hypotonia of trunk and lower limbs?

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