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Infant Torticollis

Torticollis Physical Therapy Infant

What is Infant Torticollis

Infant Torticollis is when an infant has a tilted hear or trouble turning his or her neck. Often due to the baby's position in the womb or after a difficult childbirth, which can put pressure on the sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM).

Signs and Symptoms

A baby with torticollis might:


  • Tilt the head in one direction

  • Prefer looking over one shoulder instead of turning

  • Have trouble breastfeeding on one side

  • Get frustrated when unable turn his or her head completely

Positional Plagiocephaly

Some babies with torticollis develop a flat head on one or both sides from lying in one direction all the time.


Your doctor will do an exam to see how far your baby can turn their head.


A physical therapist can offer treatment for torticollis by offering stretching exercises to help loosen and strengthen the neck muscles. At East Coast our physical therapists will offer alternate ways to hold your baby and different positioning that will help with the torticollis. Our team will frequently check in to see how your baby is responding to treatment. Suggesting further treatments if need to help with the side effects of torticollis.

If your baby needs therapy for torticollis, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced Physical Therapists.


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