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What are the symptoms of hypotonia?

Hypotonia is itself a symptom-it's low muscle tone that may be caused by a variety of disorders or injuries. If low muscle tone occurs in infants, the baby may seem "floppy" or like a rag doll. Babies often have poor control of neck muscles, causing their heads to fall to one side. Their limbs may hang limply instead of being flexed. Hypotonia may cause other problems, including difficulty walking, posture issues, poor reflexes, and difficulty breathing.

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