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  • Writer's pictureJustin Prenioslo

Nurturing Unique Journeys: Understanding Congenital Muscular Torticollis and Head Shape Concerns

Baby being stretched by a stork physiotherapist for torticollis to prevent head shape related issues and promote symmetry while laying on a bed in their own home.

In this exploration, we delve into the world of congenital muscular torticollis, commonly known as "wry neck," and its close relationship with head shape concerns, shaping your baby's journey. Is your little one displaying signs of torticollis, such as a preference for looking in one direction? You're not alone—this condition affects 3.9-16% of newborns!

Embracing Your Baby's Unique Path

Just like in our previous discussion on celebrating unique childhood journeys, we recognize that each child's path is special. Torticollis often manifests as a tilting of the head to one side (ear to shoulder) while mainly looking the opposite way. It's crucial to ensure your baby has the opportunity to explore their surroundings without being fixed in one direction throughout the day, whether awake or asleep.

Spotting Torticollis and Head Shape Concerns

Is your child tilted (ear to shoulder) to the same side in every photo you take? Do they only sleep facing one side during their naps or bedtime routine? Do they struggle to look the opposite direction during tummy time or back play? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, it would be worthwhile to consider an appointment to work on skills to avoid any head shape-related troubles.

Addressing Torticollis and Head Shape Together

Torticollis and head shape concerns are closely linked. An assessment would be recommended to check if this is something of concern. The sooner you work on symmetry, the easier it is to change. "Wait and See" will not cause changes within the head shape; it could actually worsen. We need to start working on moving in the opposite direction as soon as possible. Head shape can only be changed conservatively in the first 4-6 months, with optimal timing to start being 0-2 months of age. After 6 months of age, changing the head shape becomes increasingly challenging and might require a consult with a helmet clinic to make changes.

Baby having its head measured by a stork physiotherapist in the families own home.

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