Benign Congenital Hypotonia

  1. I have seen this as a diagnosis in my old medical records from when I was a child. I asked my mother what it was all about and she told me that when I was a young child I had problems getting back up from a sitting position on the floor. She was worried about Muscular Distrophy which some of my cousins had and took me to the doctor. He said that I did not have MD and this was the diagnosis he came up with. He told her that it is also called "Floppy Muscles" and that most children with this can hardly hold their heads up (I guess my case was a very mild one). He asked her questions about the family as well, such as family history of obesity and if my father started going bald early. (He did, as did two of my three brothers.) I am now 35yrs old and am about 125 lbs overweight. I have also always had little or no reflexes when the doctors would check with their "Little hammer". I am "Knock Kneed" and have "Flat" feet. I have been looking BCH up on the web and mostly have run into the more severe forms and they also say that it shows up in infancy but mine was closer to when I was 3-4 yrs old. I still have problems with strength in my legs and really have a problem getting up and down from the floor. Also, when I am sitting whatching TV my head will start laying to the side or back and I will have to lean it on my hand when I am reading or working on the computer. Just wondering if anyone else has heard of this diagnosis before?
    Last edit by KaraLea on Nov 10, '02
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  3. by   P_RN
    My cousin was diagnosed as a floppy baby back in the 40s. As he grew up he had more and more neuro/muscular/circulatory problems. He had a CVA at age 16 due to a ruptured berry aneurysm in his brain. The doctor said that might have been the cause of floppy baby. That's the one and only time I ever heard the term.