We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Floppy Baby Syndrome?

By Erin J. Hill
Updated Mar 03, 2024
Our promise to you
TheHealthBoard is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At TheHealthBoard, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Floppy baby syndrome is a condition which can present itself as a result of a variety of medical problems or illnesses. It is not a syndrome in its own right, but occurs as a symptom of another condition. In most cases it is characterized by lack of muscle tone, muscle weakness, and lack of muscle control. Babies with this condition often flop when picked up, much like a doll, and exhibit little or no ability to hold their heads up or control movement.

There are a variety of conditions which may result in floppy baby syndrome. These can include Down syndrome, Tay-Sachs disease, meningitis, sepsis, Prader-Willi syndrome, and polio. There is no cure for this condition, but treatments are available for many conditions which cause it. Some are curable while others may result in life-long disabilities or even death.

In some instances floppy baby syndrome may be the first noticeable indication of illness, although this is not always the case. If parents notice their child is limp upon being picked up or if a child seems lethargic and inactive, medical attention should be sought right away. This does not include infants who are picked up during a deep sleep, as they may seem floppy for several minutes until fully waking. If an infant remains in a limp state even when fully awake, this is indicative of a problem.

Sometimes no underlying condition can be found, and in these cases floppy baby syndrome is usually incurable. Treatments can be given to help strengthen muscle tone and allow children to develop some function, although the success of these treatments will usually depend on the age of the child, the underlying cause of symptoms, and how long the condition was present before help was sought.

Some infants may provide warning signs that floppy baby syndrome is present. If the underlying cause is found and treated immediately, the condition may be stopped before it becomes a serious problem. Babies who refuse to nurse or take a bottle with no other apparent cause should be examined by a doctor. Other symptoms may include lack of crying or eye contact and regression in learned skills such as kicking, smiling, lifting the head and shoulders, or crawling.

TheHealthBoard is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

By anon291551 — On Sep 15, 2012

I'm Mohammad, 31, from Iran, dad of a recently two-year old boy named Benjamin who was born in 2010 and weighed only 500 grams and his mother, 25, was in her 32nd week of pregnancy. After being in an incubator for 56 days we took him home. He still can't sit on his own and can't crawl either.

The doctors say he does not have CP, but they called it Motor Delay. We really feel they can't do any more for him here. I really ask you for help and guidance, even visiting experts or recommended doctors by you.

TheHealthBoard, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

TheHealthBoard, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.