How can I help my baby with hypermobility?
With joint hypermobility syndrome, the muscles must work harder to support the joints – so it’s important to help your child to be strong and fit. So, encourage them to regularly do sport and active play. Also, help them maintain a healthy weight – as being overweight will put extra strain on their joints and muscles.
What is the best exercise for hypermobility?
Some of the best things to do if you are hypermobile are to go swimming and/or cycling. These two sports avoid lots of impact through your joints, strengthen your muscles and help your heart and lungs stay healthy. As you get stronger and fitter, start introducing other sports like netball, football, dancing, etc.
Do hypermobile babies crawl?
One of the very first signs of hypermobility in babies and children is that they seem to be a little slower in terms of reaching their developmental milestones such as crawling and walking.
How do you know if your baby is hypermobile?
Infants and toddlers with joint hypermobility may:
- Be late learning to sit, sit with a very rounded back or W-sit.
- Skip crawling and bottom shuffle instead.
- Hate tummy time.
- Have tight hip muscles which affects crawling, walking and balance.
- Avoid activities that are new or require effort and may have sensory issues.
When do hypermobile babies walk?
Hypermobile infants often start walking a few months later than usual. This can be as late as 18 to 20 months. Choose supportive footwear once they’re up on their feet and walking.
Is hypermobility linked to autism?
Joint hypermobility is a common connective tissue variant, reportedly overrepresented in Autism. Alexithymia is a personality construct characterised by altered emotional awareness which has notably high rates of overlap with autism spectrum disorder.
Is gymnastics good for hypermobility?
Hypermobility affects girls more than boys and for the most part does not cause any problems. It can even be considered to be advantageous in certain activities such as ballet and gymnastics, where increased flexibility is required to excel.
Why do babies walk slow?
Sometimes, delayed walking is caused by a foot or leg problem such as developmental hip dysplasia, rickets (softening or weakening of bones), or conditions that affect muscle tone like cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. Check with your doctor if your baby seems to limp or if the legs appear weak or uneven.
Is hypermobility syndrome a disability?
The answer is that Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) can be a disabling condition, depending on how it presents. EDS is a genetic disorder affecting connective tissues and causing an array of serious physical problems, ranging from joint pain to cardiovascular issues.
What is the test for hypermobility?
The Beighton score is a popular screening technique for hypermobility. This is a nine – point scale and requires the performance of 5 maneuvers, four passive bilateral and one active unilateral performance.
Can you grow out of hypermobility?
There’s no cure for joint hypermobility syndrome. The main treatment is improving muscle strength and fitness so your joints are better protected. A GP may refer you to a physiotherapist, occupational therapist or podiatrist for specialist advice.