Torticollis Awareness: Supporting Your Child’s Development


Torticollis Awareness: Supporting Your Child’s Development

Welcome, parents! Today, we’re going to talk about torticollis, a condition that affects many infants and toddlers. If your child has been diagnosed with torticollis, don’t worry – there are treatments and exercises that can help improve their condition and support their development. Let’s dive in and learn more about how you can support your child through this journey.

Understanding Torticollis

Torticollis, also known as wry neck, is a condition where the neck muscles contract, causing the head to tilt to one side. This can be congenital, meaning present at birth, or can develop over time. It can be caused by the baby’s position in the womb, muscle tightness, or other factors.

Supporting Your Child

If your child has been diagnosed with torticollis, the most important thing is to start treatment as soon as possible. This may include physical therapy, stretches, and exercises to help loosen the tight muscles in the neck and improve range of motion. Your child’s healthcare provider can recommend the best course of action for your specific situation.

Exercises for Torticollis

There are several exercises you can do at home to help your child with torticollis. Here are a few examples:

  • Neck Stretches: Gently rotate your child’s head to the side that is opposite of the tilt, holding for a few seconds and then repeating on the other side.

  • Tummy Time: Encourage your child to spend time on their tummy to strengthen their neck and shoulder muscles.

  • Side-Lying Position: Lay your child on their non-tilted side to help stretch the tight neck muscles.


Q: How can I prevent torticollis in my child?

A: While some cases of torticollis are unavoidable, practicing good positioning during sleep and playtime can help reduce the risk.

Q: Is torticollis a lifelong condition?

A: With early intervention and treatment, many children see improvement in their torticollis and are able to fully recover.

Q: How long will treatment for torticollis take?

A: The length of treatment varies for each child, but with consistency and diligence in exercises and therapy, progress can be made.

In Summary

It’s important to be proactive in seeking treatment for your child’s torticollis. By working closely with healthcare providers and doing exercises at home, you can support your child’s development and help them overcome this condition. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey – there are resources and professionals ready to help you and your little one every step of the way.