Caring for a Baby with Torticollis: What You Need to Know

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Dear parents,

If you’ve noticed that your baby has limited neck movement or a preference for turning their head to one side, they may have a condition called torticollis. This can be concerning, but with the right care and attention, it is manageable. Here’s what you need to know about caring for a baby with torticollis.

Understanding Torticollis

Torticollis, also known as “wry neck,” is a condition in which the neck muscles are tight and the head tilts to one side while the chin points to the opposite side. This can be due to a variety of reasons, including tight muscles from positioning in the womb, a difficult childbirth, or spending too much time in one position after birth. It’s important to seek a diagnosis from a pediatrician or a physical therapist, as they can provide guidance on the best course of action for your baby.

Treatment Options

The good news is that torticollis is treatable, especially if caught early. Your healthcare provider may recommend gentle stretching exercises for your baby’s neck, as well as repositioning techniques to encourage them to turn their head in both directions. In some cases, they may also suggest using a special neck brace or helmet to help correct the alignment of the head and neck. It’s important to follow their recommendations closely and be patient, as improvement may take time.

At-Home Care

There are several things you can do at home to support your baby’s treatment. Encourage plenty of tummy time during the day, as this can help strengthen their neck muscles and improve their range of motion. Use toys and colorful objects to motivate them to turn their head in different directions. Additionally, be mindful of their positioning during sleep – alternate the direction in which their head faces each night to prevent further favoritism of one side.

Seeking Support

Caring for a baby with torticollis can be challenging, both emotionally and physically. It’s important to seek support from your healthcare provider, as well as from other parents who have gone through similar experiences. Joining a support group or online community can provide you with valuable tips, encouragement, and a sense of camaraderie as you navigate this journey with your baby.


Remember, with the right care and attention, your baby can overcome torticollis and develop normal neck movement. Stay informed, follow your healthcare provider’s guidance, and provide plenty of love and support for your little one. With time and patience, you’ll see improvements and be able to celebrate your baby’s progress.


Q: Is torticollis painful for my baby?

A: While torticollis can cause discomfort due to tight neck muscles, it is not typically considered a painful condition. It’s important to monitor your baby for any signs of distress and seek guidance from your healthcare provider.

Q: Will my baby need surgery for torticollis?

A: In most cases, surgery is not necessary for treating torticollis in infants. Non-invasive methods such as physical therapy and gentle exercises are usually effective in improving the condition.

Q: How long will it take for my baby’s torticollis to improve?

A: The timeline for improvement can vary for each baby, but with consistent treatment and support, many babies show significant progress within a few months.