When you baby is born with Torticollis it is called Congentital torticollis. It is the most common form of Torticollis for babies.
The causes may be because of your babys position in utero or due to a congenital deformation of the bones in the spine or a neurological problem.
If Torticollis develops in your baby after birth, (referred to as Congenital Muscular Torticollis (CMT)) this would most commonly happen within 4 weeks and will tend to present itself as your baby's head tilting to one side.
As Torticollis mainly occur in-utero or during birth there isn’t much you can do to prevent it from occurring.
However, knowing what to look out for will allow you to start treatment as soon as possible to help make your baby comfortable.
Here are some of the key symptoms:
- baby not holding their head and neck straight
- crying due to neck pain
- a noticeable tendency to look in one direction
- may prefer to roll in one direction
- the babies head consistently tilts towards one shoulder or forwards
- the neck appears a little twisted, thickend or swollen on one side
- unequal shoulder heights
- a difficulty in rotating their head to one side (eg during feeding)
- Flat spots appearing on babys skull (where it rests against the mattress)
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