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Torticollis, more commonly referred to as wry neck or “twisted neck,” is a rather common condition in which a newborn child experiences stiffness of the neck muscles as a result of her position in the womb. This results in the child leaving her head slightly tilted as the muscles form and the tension reduces to allow her to have proper neck functioning. Other children are born with the condition because of difficulties during delivery, a decreased blood supply to the neck muscles, muscular fibrosis or congenital spine anomalies. Even if a child is born with healthy head and neck positioning, infants sometimes develop torticollis when they spend too much time lying on their backs, sitting in car seats, swings, bouncers, or strollers, or lying on play mats. While this is a rather common health problem that newborns experience, it is still typically concerning to see your child born and unable to move her neck to the full capacity. Although, treatment and therapy options are available to help your newborn overcome this problem. In most cases, torticollis resolves by three months of age. (continued inside)
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