Health Tip: Understanding Torticollis08/06/10
(HealthDay News) -- Torticollis is congenital condition that is
generally noticed within the first six to eight weeks after a baby
is born, says the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
The primary symptom is the head tilting to one side, and
problems turning the head to the other side.
Torticollis tends to be more common in first-born children, the
academy says. There isn't a known way to prevent it.
Torticollis generally can be treated with exercises that stretch
the neck and turn the head to the opposite side, the group says.
Placing toys where a child has to turn to the opposite side may
also help. In about 10 percent of cases, surgery may be needed.
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