Frequent question: Is it normal for newborns to be stiff?

Why does my baby seem so stiff?

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 too stiff?

Signs of Stiffness in Infants:

  1. Your child might hold his/her hands in tight fists or may seem unable to relax certain muscles.
  2. He/She may have difficulty letting go of an object or difficulty moving from one position to another.
  3. The legs or trunk of the child might cross or stiffen when you pick the child up as well.

What are the signs to look for in neurological symptoms in infants?

Neonatal Neurological Disorder Symptoms

  • Fussiness.
  • 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)

What are the signs of cerebral palsy in babies?

Possible signs in a child include:

  • delays in reaching development milestones – for example, not sitting by 8 months or not walking by 18 months.
  • seeming too stiff or too floppy (hypotonia)
  • weak arms or legs.
  • fidgety, jerky or clumsy movements.
  • random, uncontrolled movements.
  • muscle spasms.
  • shaking hands (tremors)
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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.
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