Hypotonic effects on digestion

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Registered: 05-19-2009
Hypotonic effects on digestion
Thu, 10-06-2011 - 8:51am

Does your LO seem to have trouble sucking, biting swallowing, choking, gagging, refluxing, and pooping????

If your LO has generalized hypotonia then it really could mean ALL over. Including some of these areas that involve smoothe muscle. those smoothe muscles adn all that's involved with digestion can happen from or be effected by hypotonia. Therapists are great at helping and EI can get you set up with who you need to help get things moving!

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Registered: 06-08-2010
Thu, 10-06-2011 - 11:34pm
my son was on a feeding tube for 5 years due to hypotonia. His muscles finally got strong enough to eat and not aspirate at age 5. He sucked terrible at birth. He aspirated his milk. He was not allowed for 18 months to eat anything but yogurt or pudding. He has been on miralax for 8 years + due to the constipation caused from hypotonia.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 10-07-2011 - 7:20am
Hi Heather and welcome to the board! My little one has generalized Hypotonia and she has trouble with everything you mentioned. She is dependent on a feeding tube because she never had a good suck, her breath-suck-swallow reflex was horrible as an infant. Her swallow still today is very weak, she chokes and gags a lot when doing her feeding therapy. She has an extreme case of GERD, where her sinuses are normally burned from the stomach contents washing around all the time. Don't even get me started on getting her to poop ;) we are on maintenance laxatives and probably will be for a very long time. Her little colon just can't handle formed stool moving through, so we have to assist her stool becoming more on the liquid side or she gets "silent constipation" where her colon will be coated with stool and she will have a tunnel through the stool allowing only liquid to come through, so when she has diarrhea we will double her laxatives to get the stool to pass.

I guess those are some of the reasons I have embraced the "special needs" name for Madison, having five kids I truly see her as my special girl :)