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    Weak Muscle Tone
    crunk05177 posted:
    DS1 was evaulated in school and said to have weak muscle tone. He is going to be in a class for 6 weeks with about 3 other kids where the gym teachers work on "excercises" with them. The PT will evaluate him after the 6 weeks and we will go from there. I have also noticed the last few months one of his eyes looks as if it may be "lazy." I am taking him to an opthamologist on the 21st and then he has his 5 year well check up in the beginning of December. Has anyone else dealt with any of this who can give me information, advice or just words of encouragement? I hate to think something is "wrong" with my perfect little baby boy.
    Me (28), DH (30), DS1 - Michael (4) and DS2 - Nathan (1 - severe peanut allergy and an egg allergy)
    tlkittycat1968 responded:
    DS is 4 and is in speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. He, too, has been diagnosed with low muscle tone. The therapist said there's no cure but physical therapy will help with strength.

    Play with him. Wrestle with him. Take him to a park with something for him to climb on.
    Stephensmom1214 responded:
    My DS also has low muscle tone. Swimming has helped him more than anything, and we've seen a ton of progress with his PT goals since he started lessons, so much so that he's actually accomplished ALL of his PT goals for this year!! Honestly, it's really not a huge "thing" in the grand scheme of things, KWIM? He'll do the extra class, and if he needs more PT, I know you'll get that for him... he just may not be an athlete. He's still the same boy that he was before you got that report, though, and he's still your perfect little baby boy, I promise.
    Patty, Erik, and Stephen (12/14/06)
    Iocasta replied to Stephensmom1214's response:
    Swimming is very good for this. There is a boy at the club with a fairly severe (no braces or wheel chair) neuro-muscular issue that takes lessons just before Levi. The child has made great strides from what I can tell.

    I wouldn't say that there was anything wrong with him like Patty said he isn't likely to be an athlete but so what. Sports may not be his strong suit but it doesn't mean that he can't participate in them. It just means he may have to work harder. Moreover, it must be fairly minor if it is something that you are now just noticing.
    crunk05177 responded:
    Sorry I should have said low not weak....and I know he is and will always be my perfect baby boy but it hurts to think something may be wrong. And thank you for that statement BTW bc it did make me feel a lot better!!

    He used to do swimming but wanted to stop....probably bc it was difficult. I think I am going to start him up again....once he is more in tune with this no napping in K thing....he comes home a CRANK! LOL!

    I spoke to the pedi who said it sounds like it is very mild and he won't have trouble doing day to day tasks but just may not be selected first for the basketball team. He said he doesn't think he absolutely needs the PT but if the school offers it he highly recommends we take it since many districts are cutting back on those types of services around here. He said it def can't hurt.

    Thanks again guys....
    Me (28), DH (30), DS1 - Michael (4) and DS2 - Nathan (1 - severe peanut allergy and an egg allergy)
    Stephensmom1214 replied to crunk05177's response:
    I'm glad you're thinking about revisiting the swim lessons. They have made such a difference for my boy with regards to his muscle tone - it's amazing! And yes, if a school district EVER offers services for anything, take them up on it. Like your pedi said, most schools are cutting back, so if they offer, just look at it as a little extra boost.
    Patty, Erik, and Stephen (12/14/06)

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