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Congenital torticollis is a problem your baby was born with. It means his or her head is tilted. The chin points to one shoulder, and the back of the head tilts toward the other shoulder. It happens because a neck muscle is shortened. This does not cause pain.
You may notice a lump in your baby's neck muscle. The lump usually goes away on its own.
Your baby needs treatment, which involves tilting your baby's head back to its normal position. This prevents your baby's face and skull from growing unevenly. Treatment also helps give your baby better movement of the head and neck.
Torticollis is also called wryneck.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Robert B. Keller MD - Orthopedics
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