Supporting Your Child with Torticollis: A Parent’s Handbook

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Being a parent comes with its own set of challenges, and one of them may be supporting your child with torticollis. It can be overwhelming to learn that your child has this condition, but with the right information and support, you can help your child navigate through it. This handbook is designed to provide you with the necessary guidance and tips to support your child with torticollis.

Understanding Torticollis

Torticollis, also known as wry neck, is a condition where the muscles of the neck tighten, causing the head to tilt to one side. It can be present at birth (congenital) or develop later in infancy (acquired). The cause of torticollis is not always clear, but it can be related to the positioning of the baby in the womb or due to muscle or nerve problems.

Supporting Your Child

As a parent, there are several ways you can support your child with torticollis:

1. Physical Therapy: Your child may benefit from physical therapy to help stretch and strengthen the neck muscles. A physical therapist can teach you exercises to do at home with your child.

2. Positioning: Be mindful of your child’s positioning during feeding, sleeping, and playtime. Encourage your child to turn their head to both sides to prevent further tightening of the neck muscles.

3. Gentle stretches: Your child’s healthcare provider may recommend gentle stretches to help improve the range of motion in the neck. It’s important to perform these stretches carefully and consistently.

4. Tummy Time: Encourage tummy time to help your child develop strong neck and shoulder muscles. Place toys or objects of interest on either side to encourage your child to turn their head in both directions.

Emotional Support

Supporting a child with torticollis can be emotionally challenging for both the child and the parent. It’s important to provide emotional support and reassurance to your child. Encourage them to explore their surroundings and engage in activities that they enjoy.

Connecting with Other Parents

It can be helpful to connect with other parents who have children with torticollis. Sharing experiences and tips can provide a sense of community and support. Look for local support groups or online forums where you can connect with other parents facing similar challenges.


Q: How long does it take to see improvement with physical therapy?

A: The timeline for improvement can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the consistency of therapy. Some children may show improvement within a few weeks, while others may require longer periods of therapy.

Q: Can torticollis affect my child’s development?

A: With proper treatment and support, most children with torticollis can develop normally. However, untreated torticollis can lead to developmental delays, so early intervention is important.

Q: Will my child outgrow torticollis?

A: Many children with torticollis respond well to treatment and eventually outgrow the condition. However, in some cases, ongoing therapy and interventions may be needed to manage the condition.

Supporting your child with torticollis requires patience, understanding, and a willingness to seek the necessary support. By working closely with healthcare providers and providing a nurturing environment, you can help your child thrive despite the challenges posed by torticollis.