Are you suspecting your baby having torticollis? Most babies with torticollis get better through position changes and stretching exercises. It might take up to 6 months to go away completely, and in some cases can take a year or longer. Get it checked early if you are worried. Early treatment is better. Call or Whatsapp us at 64762106 for an appointment.
Torticollis is a neck muscle disorder that makes the head tilted. Usually, the person’s head is tilted in the direction opposite to the chin. This condition can occur from birth (called congenital muscle torticollis) or as you age due to certain medical conditions.
The symptoms of torticollis only become clear when the baby is able to control the movements of the neck and head. Symptoms are difficulty in moving the baby’s head, neck muscles look swollen, fussy due to neck pain, one side of the shoulder looks higher, the chin is tilted to one side, a soft lump appears in the neck muscles, the head looks flat on one side, and has hearing loss or vision. A baby should be suspected of having torticollis if only feeding on one side of the breast.
Baby Torticollis Causes
Congenital torticollis occurs due to the abnormal position of the baby’s head in the womb. For example, due to the breech position that puts pressure on one side of the fetal head, so that the neck muscles tighten.
Baby Torticollis Therapy
Treatment of torticollis in infants generally takes the form of stretching the neck muscles. The doctor will teach parents some movements to stretch the neck muscles, then do them together with the little one. This movement helps to lengthen stiff or short neck muscles, as well as strengthen the neck muscles on the other side. Stretching the neck muscles can be done passively, using a support device to maintain a certain body position. This method can be done since the baby with torticollis is three months old.
Baby Torticollis Surgery
Surgical procedures are the last option to improve the position of the neck muscles, if other methods have not been successful in treating the torticollis condition. The goal is to repair the abnormal spine, lengthen the neck muscles, cut neck muscles or nerves, and use deep brain stimulation to interfere with nerve signals (done in cases of severe neck dystonia). The operation can only be done when a baby with torticollis reaches preschool age.
Those are the treatment options that can be done to treat torticollis in babies. If your little one has symptoms similar to torticollis, please get it checked early. Prevention is better than cure. In severe cases, torticollis must be treated. If not, torticollis has the potential to cause complications, such as swelling of the neck muscles, nervous disorders due to nerve compression, chronic pain, difficulty moving and activities, and symptoms of depression due to torticollis.