Infant Torticollis is a condition when the muscles of a baby’s neck shorten due to strain. Think of it like a really strong crick in the neck without the pain. Babies with the condition have limited mobility in the neck. A sign of this is when a baby’s head is tilted to one side while the chin points the other way on a regular basis.
Sometimes this can go undetected if a baby seems fine otherwise. One mother didn’t find out about her baby’s condition until a social media commenter pointed it out after she posted baby pictures. WhatToExpect.com has the story.
A star from the Bachelorette, Ashley Rosenbaum, posted pictures of her two-year-old daughter when a commenter said to get little Essex checked for torticollis. Rosenbaum was glad she listened to the advice when her pediatrician gave her a positive diagnosis and fitted the baby with a special helmet to restretch the muscles to the right length.
It is a treatable condition, but it does take time to correct and requires special exercises. Extreme cases may require surgery. The condition affects roughly one in every 250-300 births. Large babies and multiple-birth pregnancies raise the risk.
Untreated torticollis can lead to vision and balance problems due to the wrong position of the head. There are also more serious conditions that often accompany torticollis like flat head syndrome and DDH. Ask your pediatrician to check for these conditions as well if torticollis is confirmed.