Most cases of head tilt are associated with a condition called torticollis, although in rare instances a head tilt can be due to other causes such as hearing loss, misalignment of the eyes, reflux (a flowing back of stomach acid into the esophagus), a throat or lymph node infection, or, very uncommonly, a brain tumor.
Why does my baby tilt her head when she looks at me?
If you see a child consistently tilting her head when she looks at things, this could indicate a concern with the child’s visual field. It could also just be the child playing with her vision so watch to see if she does this consistently over time.
How can you tell if your baby has silent reflux?
Does my baby have silent reflux?
- breathing problems, such as wheezing, “noisy” breathing, or pauses in breathing (apnea)
- nasal congestion.
- chronic coughing.
- chronic respiratory conditions (such as bronchitis) and ear infections.
- difficulty breathing (your child may develop asthma)
- difficulty feeding.
- spitting up.
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.
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.