Torticollis at HLC Therapy Group, LLC

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What is Torticollis?

Babies with torticollis will act like most other babies except when it comes to activities that involve turning. A baby with torticollis might:

  • Tilt the head in one direction (this can be hard to notice in very young infants)

  • Prefer looking at you over one shoulder instead of turning to follow you with his or her eyes

  • If breastfed, have trouble breastfeeding on one side (or prefers one breast only)

  • Work hard to turn toward you and get frustrated when unable turn his or her head completely

  • Some babies with torticollis develop a flat head (positional plagiocephaly) on one or both sides from lying in one direction all the time. Some might develop a small neck lump or bump, which is similar to a "knot" in a tense muscle. Both of these conditions tend to go away as the torticollis gets better.

If your baby does have torticollis, the doctor might teach you neck stretching exercises to practice at home and suggest seeing a Physical Therapist. Please contact us for more information about how we can help your baby.

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