Torticollis is when a baby’s head tilts to one side as a result of a stiff neck. This may be related to the “back to sleep” promotion which prevents Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The “back to sleep” promotion encourages parents to place babies on their backs for the first six months of their lives. However, without experiencing time on their belly to strengthen their neck and arm muscles, this can cause babies to get tight neck muscles (Torticollis) and flat heads (Plagiocephaly).
If not addressed, these issues can impact on a child’s global development. However, with early Physical Therapy (within the first four months of life), these issues can be resolved quickly. If these issues persist beyond 4-6 months, the motor challenges may be much greater.