What is Torticollis?

Torticollis occurs when the neck muscle, called the sternocleidomastoid, is smaller than one side of the neck. This hard muscle causes the head to be tilted to one side, the side to which the muscle is smaller, and the baby’s head to the other side.

The full name of Torticollis is Congenital Neurotic Torticollis.

Causes of Torticollis

There are different theories about Torticollis. This muscle can become smaller if the baby is tightly closed in the uterus during pregnancy. This problem can also occur if the neck muscles are stretched during birth, and the stretched muscle is healed with scar tissue. This will be the scar tissue, which will cause the muscles to stretch and shrink. Sometimes it can only appear after your baby is born. This happens if your child keeps turning his head to one side and not to the other.

Torticollis to congenital muscles

An injured muscle in baby’s neck and cheek

Torticollis can occur when the muscle of the neck muscle is injured during birth. A baby with a neck muscle will keep its head tilted to one side.

Questions about Torticollis

Should I be worried about my baby’s neck gland?
  1. What you think is a tumor may be scar tissue. This is a normal outcome of the healing process. It doesn’t hurt at all for your child. With a few stretch exercises prescribed by a physiotherapist, it will go away on its own in a few months.

Why Does My Child Prefer To Look The Same Way?

A child with Torticollis may prefer to see a place. The small muscle of the neck keeps the neck tilted to one side. A little get away from it. This is why your child prefers to look at the other side of the stretched muscle.

If your child always lies on his back or prefers to look at one side, his scalp may become rough. This condition is called crookedness. Crooked head means the scalp is rough.

What Should I Do If My Child Looks The Same Way?

A scene from behind the baby lying on its stomach, the baby staring at the toy lying next to him. If your child prefers to look the other way, you should encourage your child to look the other way, until they begin to look the same on both sides. It is possible that one of your baby’s neck muscles is tight and needs special stretching. You should talk to your doctor or physiotherapist for more information.

In the meantime you can:

Use mobile phones or brightly colored toys to encourage your child to look in any direction during playtime.

When you have picked up your child, hold him in such a way that he is encouraged to look in a direction where he does not like to look.

If your baby’s cradle is against the wall, put it in the opposite direction every night. Children prefer to look inside the room.

If your baby’s cradle is not against the wall, place brightly colored toys on each side to encourage them to look around in different directions each night.

When To Call The Doctor

If you notice that your baby is giving limited movement to the neck. So ask your doctor about the help available to you. He or she may refer you to a physiotherapist.

After examining your child’s head and neck, your child’s therapist will create a home program for your child. It is possible that you will be given some exercises and instructions.

Key Points

Torticollis occurs when the neck muscle is smaller than one side of the neck. This tight muscle causes the head to lean to one side. The baby’s head is turned to the other side by tight muscles.

If your child prefers to look the other way, encourage him to look the other way, which he does not like to look at. You may need a professional therapist or physiotherapist to suggest specific stretches.

Torticollis is sometimes associated with a special condition called the crooked head, in which the baby’s head becomes rough due to lying on its back for a long time or looking at one side only.