How is torticollis associated with plagiocephaly?

Many babies who are treated for plagiocephaly also have torticollis. You may have noticed it as soon as your baby was born, though it could appear later. The baby’s head may tilt to one side, giving him a limited range of motion. Torticollis, or wry neck, can result from placement in utero or the birth process. It may also appear when babies are constantly in the same position in car seats, swings, etc. and do not turn their necks to both sides. Because the baby favors one side, they may develop plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome) in addition to torticollis.

To treat torticollis, doctors first advise repositioning techniques for babies under 4 months old before they prescribe cranial helmet therapy. Parents are instructed to alternate the sides in which they hold their babies, lay them down to sleep and interact with them.

Cranial Technologies’ works closely with the family and their independent therapist; and our clinical staff include physical, occupational therapists, pediatric nurses and orthotists who are trained to identify torticollis and demonstrate stretching exercises that can be done at home during DOC Band therapy.

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