WHAT IS HYPOTONIA?
Hypotonia means decreased muscle tone. It is a symptom, rather than a disorder in itself, and can occur at any age. Many different diseases and disorders can cause hypotonia – the most common being muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. Sometimes it will also come as a result of an injury or an illness. These disorders can affect any level of the nervous system, so can affect the brain, central nervous system or muscles. Treatment varies depending on each child and symptoms. The most common treatment is ongoing physiotherapy to strengthen and encourage the development of specific muscles.
SUPPORT: Tama Trueman (middle front) is cuddled by his siblings Kaani, 5, Neitana, 11,
and Makaia, 8.