- 1 Does Your Baby Tilt And Hold His Head To One Side?
- 2 Why Is Your Baby Tilting Her Head To The Left?
- 3 What Is Torticollis In Babies?
- 4 What Does It Mean If Your Head Is Tilted?
- 5 How Can You Tell If Your Baby Has Torticollis?
- 6 What To Do If Your Baby Has Torticollis?
- 7 What Do If Torticollis Go Untreated?
Does Your Baby Tilt And Hold His Head To One Side?
Some parents notice their baby tilting their head to one side, perhaps when they are lying down, being held, or at all times. If your baby tilts their head to one side occasionally, this may not be linked to anything.
Why Is Your Baby Tilting Her Head To The Left?
These sternocleidomastoid muscles (SCMs) run from the collarbone to behind the ear. The tighter SCM pulls the baby’s head to one side, tilting it – typically to the left, reflecting the position babies find most comfy in the womb. Birth trauma can also cause torticollis.
What Is Torticollis In Babies?
Torticollis is a problem involving the muscles of the neck that causes the head to tilt down. The term comes from two Latin words: tortus, which means twisted, and collum, which means neck. Sometimes it’s called “wryneck.” If your baby has the condition at birth, it’s called congenital muscular torticollis.
What Does It Mean If Your Head Is Tilted?
A tilted head is usually interpreted as a sign of interest or curiosity. A person that has a tilted head may be intrigued by the subject, tilting the head as a sign of thoughtfulness.
How Can You Tell If Your Baby Has Torticollis?
Symptoms of acquired torticollis are: Head tilts to one side Limited range of motion in the head and neck Recurrent episodes of head tilting. During these episodes, your child may also experience drowsiness, irritability, or vomiting
What To Do If Your Baby Has Torticollis?
If your child has torticollis and you are concerned that other medical problems may be present, talk to your doctor. The best way to treat torticollis is to encourage your baby to turn his or her head in both directions. This helps loosen tense neck muscles and tighten the loose ones.
What Do If Torticollis Go Untreated?
If it is clear that your child’s torticollis is related to their position in the womb, or a rough delivery, the doctor might skip this step. Torticollis that goes untreated in babies can lead to other musculoskeletal problems. Babies with torticollis may experience some delays in motor skills and coordination.