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Hypotonia is a medical term that describes decreased muscle tone. Healthy muscles are never fully relaxed. They retain a certain amount of tension and stiffness.
Causes of hypotonia
Hypotonia (decreased muscle tone) is a symptom rather than a condition itself. It can be caused by a number of underlying problems.
Diagnosing hypotonia
If hypotonia is suspected in a newborn baby or young child, they will be referred to a specialist.
Treating hypotonia
The recommended treatment plan for hypotonia (decreased muscle tone) will depend on the underlying cause.