Does your bub hold their head like they are looking curious all the time??
Does your bub hold their head look like they are looking curious all the time? Or are they only looking one way? Don’t worry, they aren’t questioning your parenting!
Infant torticollis (twisted neck) is relatively common in newborns and is the most common cause of abnormal head shape (plagiocephaly) or neck posture in infants. It can occur for a variety of reasons including decreased size within the womb or breech positioning in the third trimester as well as traumatic birth.
As your little one doesn’t have the strength to move their own head independently, this preference to turn their head to one direction can mean that they develop a flat spot on the back of their head. Plagiocephaly (misshapen head) is caused by extended pressure on one side of the back of the head and results in an asymmetrical head shape.
There are simple strategies to assist manage and prevent these conditions occurring. If you are concerned about the movement of little one’s head and neck or are querying the shape of their head, consult a Paediatric Physiotherapist who will assess and guide you to help your child.