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What is Torticollis - When Your Baby Favors Looking to One Side

Torticollis Definition

Torticollis (Wryneck)

Torticollis, also known as wryneck, is a twisting of the neck that causes the head to rotate and tilt at an odd angle.

What is Torticollis?

  •  Congenital Muscular Torticollis (CMT): The most common type present at birth. It's caused by a shortened or overly tight sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle in the neck. 

Acquired Torticollis: This form develops after birth, often due to injury, illness, or unknown causes.


Here's a breakdown of some injury, illness, and unknown causes of acquired torticollis: 



  • Birth trauma: During difficult deliveries, injury can occur to the neck muscles, leading to torticollis. 
  • Minor neck trauma: Injuries sustained in sports, minor accidents, or even awkward sleeping positions can cause muscle strain or inflammation, leading to torticollis.



  • Upper respiratory infections: Viral or bacterial infections of the throat, lymph nodes, or ears can cause...
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Is My Baby Regressing At 4 Months Old? What To Do?

As parents, we celebrate every milestone our babies reach. 


However, it should be worrisome when your baby seems to lose skills or experience unexpected delays in their development.


Is My Baby Regressing?


The Baby Development and Movement Expert Michelle Turner wants you to immediately contact your pediatrician and request appointments with a neurologist and genetics specialist if one or both of these things are happening to your 4-month-old baby.


  • Loss of previously acquired skills: If your baby could roll over, sit independently, vocalize, and then lose these abilities. 


Many genetic conditions can have regressive features.


  • Marked changes in behavior or responsiveness: Unusual fussiness like high-pitched screaming for hours, lethargy, or sudden poor eye contact. 


 Neurological issues can range from facial nerve inflammation to sub-clinical seizures and beyond.


When to Work With Other Types of...

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Baby Intubation and Development - Breathing and Cranial Suture Midlines.

As you know, I work with a lot of children that have had time in the NICU. Not all NICU stays are dealing with respiratory distress however, they do usually involve facial pinning. I would like to start discussions of milestone availability and facial/cranial interruptions of development.
Many of you know, that I can 'see' or notice the movement presence of devices that impede movement during the application. A baby's body can remain in the situation - long after the device has been removed.
I do want to stress that medical intervention is necessary and shouldn't be avoided or have a sense of guilt around the course of actions taken to save your child's life. I would like to make this information more available so that you can take the steps needed to bring back movement into your child's life.
Let's look at intubation.
Your child breathing is now being forced through an endotracheal tube (ET). This tubing goes through the mouth and into...
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How to Know What's Best for Your Baby's Development

It's a universally accepted truth that parents want the best for their children. This is why you are here. As your baby grows, you may find yourself examining each little gesture, movement, and sound, wondering if they're on track. We're here to tell you about the profound impact of movement lessons on a child's development and how, as a parent, you can employ them to ensure your baby reaches their optimal potential.

1. Understanding the Importance of Movement:

From the moment they are born, babies are learning about the world through their senses and movements. These movements, no matter how subtle, are the building blocks of future milestones like sitting, crawling, and walking. When a movement is not optimal, your baby is still calculating all their development around those movements too!

2. Addressing Developmental Concerns Early:

If you have concerns about your baby's developmental milestones, it's crucial to address them early. By...
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What to Do If Your Baby Isn't Reaching Their Developmental Milestones?

If you suspect your baby might have delayed milestones, taking proactive steps can make a significant difference:

  1. Consult a Pediatrician: Schedule regular well-baby check-ups and express your concerns to your pediatrician.
  2. Early Intervention Services: These services provide specialized support to address developmental delays.
  3. Occupational and Physical Therapy: These therapies can aid in motor skill development.
  4. Speech-Language Therapy: Vital for addressing communication delays and disorders.
  5. Create a Stimulating Environment: Offer age-appropriate toys, games, and activities to encourage exploration and learning.
  6. Read and Communicate: Engage in reading and talking to stimulate language development.
  7. Play and Interaction: Encourage playtime with you and other children to foster social skills.
  8. Nutrition and Health: Ensure a balanced diet and address any underlying health concerns.
  9. Start giving your child lessons in movement: You are your child's...
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21 Red Flags for Rare Genetic Disorders or Conditions PLUS 2 Bonus Helpful Tips

Here are potential red flags or signs that might indicate the presence of rare genetic conditions.

Keep in mind that we are not medical professionals, but we can provide you with some general information. If you suspect that you or someone you know might have a rare genetic condition, it's important to consult with a healthcare provider or a genetic counselor for proper evaluation and guidance.

To learn more about other potential warning signs your child might have for developmental delays, get our FREE "IN-TIME Baby Development Resource Toolbox" CLICK HERE.


Here are 21 potential red flags:

  1. Unexplained Chronic Illness: Frequent or persistent unexplained health issues.
  2. Delayed Milestones: Significant delays in developmental milestones (e.g., walking, talking) compared to peers.
  3. Intellectual Disability: Noticeable cognitive impairments or learning difficulties.
  4. Physical Growth Issues: Unusual growth patterns (e.g., very short stature) or failure to thrive.
  5. Facial...
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Baby Refusing Solids and Won't Take a Bottle - 7 Solutions

baby not eating Jul 17, 2023

Is your baby refusing solids and it doesn't matter what you present to them?

Your baby won't take a well either and you are concerned about weight and lack of nutrients?

Here are 7 things you can do

First, are you watching the weight with your pediatrician?

Second, your pediatrician can’t do much if they don’t have data. For my special needs kids, I, Erin Fulks, weigh them daily and keep it in a log. That way, I can keep track of any trends.

Third, if your doctor isn’t doing anything now, ask them at what point they will be concerned about your child’s weight and then keep the data so you can let them know that the point of their concern has been reached.

Forth, you can ask for a consult for a g-tube. That can be a scary option for some parents. Some kids can eventually graduate off a G-tube but some not. G-tube can be a daunting option for parents, and they put it off. But it’s a huge stress relief to be able to give a child some calories and nutrients...

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3 Ways to Make Time for Learning Child Development

Making time for learning is essential for personal growth and development. Here are three ways to prioritize and create time for learning:

  1. Set specific goals and prioritize: Define your learning goals and identify the areas of knowledge or skills you want to develop. Once you have clarity on what you want to learn, prioritize those goals and make them a part of your schedule. Assess your daily or weekly commitments and identify time slots that can be dedicated to learning. It could be early mornings, evenings, weekends, or even small pockets of time during the day. By consciously prioritizing learning, you are more likely to carve out dedicated time for it.

  2. Create a learning routine: Establish a consistent learning routine to help integrate learning into your daily life. Designate specific times for learning activities, whether it's reading a book, taking an online course, watching educational videos, or practicing a new skill. By creating a routine, you create a habit that...

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Every Child Deserves to Experience Development

As parents, we all want the best for our children, especially when it comes to their development.


AGAIN, Every Child Deserves to Experience Development


However, seeing our babies struggling with reaching their milestones can be a source of worry and anxiety. The good news is that every child deserves to experience development in their own unique way. In this blog post, we will address parents' concerns about their baby's milestones and offer insights on how to support their optimal development journey.


  • Understanding Developmental Challenges: Developmental challenges can manifest in different ways, such as hypertonia or hypotonia. These symptoms may indicate a larger issue at play, even if it is not yet fully understood. It's crucial for parents to recognize that these challenges do not define their child's potential or future. By acknowledging and seeking support, parents can take proactive steps towards unlocking their child's true capabilities.


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11 Effective Ways Worried Parents Can Talk to Their Doctor About Their Baby's Developmental concerns

When you have developmental concerns about your child, it's important to communicate effectively with your doctor to address the situation.


Here are 11 effective ways for worried parents like yourself to talk to their doctor about developmental concerns:


1. Prepare in advance: Before the appointment, write down your concerns, observations, and questions. This will help you stay focused during the discussion with the doctor.


2. Choose the right time: Schedule an appointment specifically to discuss your concerns with the doctor, ensuring that there is enough time for a thorough conversation without feeling rushed.



3. Be specific: Clearly describe your concerns, providing specific examples of behaviors or developmental milestones that you find worrisome. This will help the doctor better understand the situation.


4. Video examples: Visual examples are so much better than word of mouth. Help clarify your concerns with...

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