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January 17th, 2014, 02:38 PM
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I am starting to wonder if my baby might have Torticollis (a condition where the neck muscle on one side is tight). He is able to hold his head up for short periods but when he relaxes, it leans toward his left side. When he is laying flat, he prefers to turn his head to the right, I am assuming because the left muscle is looser making it more comfortable for him to turn that way. I am able to coax him into looking both ways but it is obvious he has a preference. We have a doctors appointment in early February and I am considering taking him in before then. It has been 4 years since I had my first son and I honestly can't remember what type of head control he had at this age. Has anyone else dealt with this that could give me some input? From what I read it is due to positioning in the womb and can usually be fixed by doing some simple physical therapy type exercises.
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January 17th, 2014, 03:38 PM
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My son has always preferred one side as well, right from the start. So I think it has to do with the way he was in my womb. He now has a pretty flat side on his head due to this, we really noticed it around 2 months and have been trying to keep him off that side since then (hard now that he moves around so much when lying down lol) Its still pretty flat, the nurse is going to check it again at his 4 month appt Feb 3rd and I guess we will go from there.
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January 17th, 2014, 11:05 PM
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I have had three with Torticollis my 2nd, 4th and this baby #5, my doctor showed me some ways to hold them that helps, exsersies and I prop there heads to favour the other side too, I have been able to fix it completely with the last 2 so I am confident I can do it again
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January 18th, 2014, 05:25 AM
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Would you mind telling me some of the exercises? I'd love to help him!
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January 18th, 2014, 02:51 PM
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Thanks for the replies! I would love to know some of those exercises and any tips on holding them the right way as well. It makes me feel better to know that you were able to fix this with your other babies
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January 18th, 2014, 07:39 PM
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DS 3 had to do some exercises. One that I remember was to hold him facing away from me, with one of my arms through his legs and the other propping his head up, which stretched the neck muscles. So he was laying away from me, if that makes sense.
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January 19th, 2014, 02:10 PM
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DS2 had it really bad. It was at his 4 month appt that we brought it up with the ped. He started PT after that for it. She primarily had us just stretching his neck to the side by holding his chin and then holding the position. I personally would just bring it up at his next appointment.
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January 23rd, 2014, 08:35 AM
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Yup lots of stretching I manually stretch there necks lightly and gentle and I hold her kind of sideways with the tight muscle side up to kind of stretch it out, I do also hold my babies facing out!

And lots and lots of tummy time helps

Here is an awesome sight that show a couple exercise

3 At Home Exercises For Torticollis
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