December 1972

Hypotonia and the Maternal-Child Relationship

Author Affiliations

From the departments of child psychiatry (Dr. Rothney) and pediatric neurology (Drs. Buda and Rabe), New England Medical Center Hospitals, Boston. Dr. Rothney is now with North Shore Children's Hospital, Salem, Mass.

Am J Dis Child. 1972;124(6):906-907. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110180108015

Two children had concomitant generalized hypotonia and maternal emotional deprivation. In each case, numerous tests of neuromuscular function were done to determine the cause of the hypotonia but no classifiable disease was found. Hypotonia began to resolve in each case when intensive substitute mothering was instituted.