Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Floppy Infant Syndrome Overview

What is floppy infant syndrome?
An infant with floppy infant syndrome is born with poor muscle tone and muscle weakness. The syndrome is caused by many inherited illnesses that are present at the time of birth.

What are the symptoms of floppy infant syndrome?
Common symptoms of floppy infant syndrome include reduced muscle tone, muscle weakness, weak suckling, weak cry, lethargy, and loss of head control. Common problems include poor infant feeding and failure to thrive.

How does the doctor treat floppy infant syndrome?
Treatment of floppy infant syndrome is based on the underlying cause. Therapy often includes physical therapy, muscle strengthening, and sensory stimulation programs.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Floppy Infant Syndrome References
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