The condition of having abnormally stiff muscles that are difficult to move is called hypertonia. In infants, hypertonia can be caused by a multitude of health problems, but typically results from damage to the nervous system. Hypertonia is also a symptom of cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, and kernicterus (jaundice).
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 you know if your baby is too 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.
Is it normal for baby to stiffen arms and legs?
This rare type of seizure occurs during an infant’s first year (typically between 4 and 8 months). Your baby may bend forward or arch her back as her arms and legs stiffen. These spasms tend to occur when a child is waking up or going to sleep, or after a feeding.
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.
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.
Can hypertonia be cured?
Can Hypertonia Be Cured? The prognosis depends on the cause and severity of hypertonia. If hypertonia is associated with cerebral palsy, it may persist for the person’s lifetime. If hypertonia is caused by a disease of the central nervous system, it may worsen when the underlying disease worsens.
What does Hypertonia look like?
Hypertonia is increased muscle tone, and lack of flexibility. Children with Hypertonia make stiff movements and have poor balance. They may have difficulty feeding, pulling, walking, or reaching.
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.