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At my DS's 2 month well baby visit, the ped said he is slightly hypertonic, i think in his arms. She said it's suppose to go away by 3 months, but because of his predisposed thyroid problem, she wants to rule things out and refer me to EI. He's 3.5 months now and he still seems slightly stiff according to the OT. It'll probably be another few weeks before therapy begins, but is there anything I can do to help him in the meantime?
 

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<span><b>Hi aamna-<br>
I am more the expert on HYPOtonia (low-tone vrs. high) but I know of a little girl who was a little stiff in the arms and they used the brushing technique.<br><br>
Basically the surgical brush they use looks like the Goody brand brushes minus the handle and the bristles are really soft. They'd use this brush and message the her arms with it. Usually it is an OT who will provide you with this, although I am sure if you google surgical brush you can get more info online.<br><br>
HTHs and hope more exp. moms can offer more info.</b></span><br><span style="color:#C0C0C0;"><b>Mary</b></span><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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I also know more about hypotonia. However, my son's twin was slightly hypertonic (legs mostly with him). He did get PT for about 6 months. He has no issues now at all. They did stretching exercises and strengthening as well with him. I think brushing is a great idea if OT can get you a brush. My son did benefit from that and many kids with tone issues do have some sensory differences. My son did though all were very manageable.
 
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