Quick Answer: Why is my baby’s head always tilted to one side?

“Torticollis is a condition when babies are born with their head tilted to one side, caused by tight muscles in the neck,” explained pediatrician Gregory Parkinson, MD, at Falmouth Pediatric Associates. “Sometimes people will feel a lump on one side of the neck. You don’t always feel the lump, but it’s common.

Is it normal for a baby to look to one side?

Torticollis is when the muscle on one side of the neck is shorter than on the other side. It causes the head to tilt to one side. The baby tends to look away from the tight muscle. If your baby only looks in one direction, try to encourage them to look to the less preferred side.

How do I stop my baby from turning her head to the side?

Position your baby in the crib to encourage active turning of the head to the side that’s not flattened. Hold your baby more often. Limit the time your child spends lying on the back or with the head resting against a flat surface (such as in car seats, strollers, swings, bouncy seats, and play yards).

What happens if torticollis is not treated?

If left untreated, a baby is at risk for learning to move with his head tilted. This causes a child to use one side of his body more than the opposite side. Torticollis can also cause a baby’s head to flatten on one side, and if left untreated, a curve in the baby’s spine may develop as he grows older.

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Can torticollis be permanent?

Sometimes torticollis is permanent (fixed) because of a problem with muscles or bone structure. In rare cases, fixed torticollis is caused by an abnormal area in the back part of the brain or by a tumor in the spinal cord.

Can a baby with torticollis look both ways?

Positioners, such as swings and bouncy seats, do not allow babies the opportunity to look both directions, which is needed for the neck to develop a free range of motion.

Is it OK for newborn to sleep with head to side?

Most parents know that the safest way to put their baby to sleep is on its back. Babies who sleep on their backs are much less likely to die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Babies who always sleep with their head to the same side can develop flat spots.

How long does it take for baby’s head to reshape?

It can take 9-18 months before a baby’s skull is fully formed. During this time some babies develop positional plagiocephaly. This means that there is a flat area on the back or side of the head.