Torticollis is a tightness of the muscle that bends the head to one side. Infants who have Torticollis typically display some of the following signs:
There are several theories about the cause of Torticollis:
In addition, some babies with feeding problems will also experience neck tightness, as many babies must stay upright for feeding. These babies lack the opportunity for time on their belly. In some cases, babies may even experience a developmental delay of their motor skills with this condition.
Torticollis can be overcome with early recognition and treatment. Bethesda's Center for Pediatric Development offers a program to help infants diagnosed with Torticollis. The pediatric physical therapists work with infants and parents to minimize this problem through a program of education for proper positioning, stretching techniques and strengthening exercises. The therapists will also evaluate the need for temporary use of an orthotic collar or helmet.
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