Infant Torticollis

What is Infant Torticollis 

Torticollis is when your baby’s head starts tilting to one side or if they prefer to look one direction. Infant torticollis is usually diagnosed as being caused by tightened muscles on one side of the neck, which leaves your baby’s head at a tilt or rotation.

Torticollis in infants can be common —some studies report that it affects 3 in every 100 babies. Fortunately, in most cases infant torticollis is easily treatable.


What happens in the appointment?

The assessment takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour and includes a history-taking, a physical assessment. The physiotherapist will implement appropriate stretches and demonstrate the various positions that will best benefit your child’s specific needs.

The physiotherapist will provide opportunities for you to practice these stretches so you can feel rest assured that you are providing the best care for your child’s progress when you get home.

A physiotherapist who specializes in baby treatment of Torticollis and Plagiocephaly

Book your appointment

Book your family appointment at North 49 Physical Therapy, to help address your baby’s neck and head problems. Contact us today for an appointment (Call for availablity).


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I know if my baby has torticollis?

If your baby’s head starts tilting to one side or if they prefer to look one direction, you should bring them in. One can make a big difference in the tightness in their neck in the first year.

Will infant torticollis resolve in its own?

Infant torticollis can resolve on its own but knowing what positions and stretches to do can help resolve it quicker.

What causes infant torticollis?

Tightness in one or more of the neck muscles can cause torticollis which makes the baby favour a certain head position which can cause plagiocephaly (flat head).


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