7

Dec

2017

Why Isn’t She Walking Yet? – Hypotonia Answers

by Aculbertson

“Why isn’t she walking yet?”

For parents of kids with hypotonia, few questions cut deeper. It only gets worse as more months fall off the calendar. And the implications are hard to ignore:

  • What else can’t she do?
  • What’s wrong with her?
  • What isn’t she normal?

But people on the outside don’t see everything. They miss all the time, tears, sweat, hard work, progress, and therapy appointments that go in to even the tiniest victories.

So next time you hear that question, here are a few simple ways you can respond:

“Her hypotonia causes instability.”

Kids with low muscle tone are often compared to ragdolls. They’re “floppy.” So as you can imagine, standing and taking steps is extra difficult. Eventually, kids learn to work within their own limitations. It just takes time.

“She gets tired more quickly than other kids.”

Hypotonia can leave kids exhausted because their muscles work overtime. Sometimes it’s described as having to get off the couch over and over. Imagine you just sat down. You got comfortable, but all the sudden someone keeps telling you to get up.

“Her ankles pronate.”

Pronation (also called flat feet) is common in kids with low tone. The ankles collapse inward, causing the arches to disappear and forcing kids to walk on the inside part of their feet. This makes bearing weight and taking steps more difficult.

“She’s getting better every day.”

One inchstone at a time. That’s a common mantra among hypotonia parents.  Progress won’t always be easy to notice. It’s rarely quick or on schedule. But every day is a chance to steadily move towards that next big goal. Just keep going.

“The orthotics are like training wheels.”

AFOs and SMOs add stability, help strengthen the right muscles, and keep her body in proper alignment. This makes walking practice much easier. Think of them like training wheels. They won’t be needed forever, but they’re a big help at the time.

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