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Learn about torticollis, why it happens and what you can do to help your child.

Key points

  • Torticollis is when the muscle on one side of the neck is shorter than on the other side. It causes the head to tilt to one side. The baby tends to look away from the tight muscle.
  • If your baby only looks in one direction, try to encourage them to look to the less preferred side. A physiotherapist or occupational therapist may need to prescribe specific stretches.
  • Torticollis is sometimes associated with a condition called positional plagiocephaly, which is when the skull becomes flattened when a baby lays on their back or looks in one direction too long.
Last updated: March 11th 2011