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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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