One of the side effects of infant torticollis is flat head syndrome. Due to the twisting of the neck, pressure can be put on parts of the head during sleep that can cause the soft bones to flatten. Flat heads can also be caused by certain kinds of birth difficulties, such as premature birth.
To fix this problem, babies can wear a special helmet that presses and protects the head to put it back into the proper shape. Chrissy Teigan, a model, went viral after she shared photos of her son in such a helmet. He also undergoes physical therapy to correct the condition. CNN reported on the social media trend.
Mothers who follow the model’s social media also started sharing photos of their babies wearing the devices, one of whom also had torticollis. They also warned against placing babies on their tummy to balance the problem out.
Helmets are not always necessary, but for children with torticollis they can be because the baby cannot correct their head position due to tight muscles in the neck.
Untreated torticollis or flat head syndrome can cause serious problems later. See a pediatrician if your child is developing these conditions. If you believe they were caused due to unwise actions by your birth team, contact our team to see if you might be due compensation.