What is Torticollis?

Torticollis is a condition where a child’s head is tilted. It is also know as “wryneck.” The chin points to one shoulder while the head points to the other side. This condition can be congenital (occurring at or shortly after birth) or can occur later in life.

What are the causes?

  • A shortened neck muscle that pulls the baby’s head down on one side
  • The cause of the shortened neck muscle is unknown but could be related to stretching or tearing during birth
  • Less frequently, a bone abnormality in spine (neck region)

Treatments for Torticollis:

  • Exercises to stretch your baby’s neck
  • Surgery in severe cases

What can I do?

  • Make sure you do exercises with your baby daily to prevent his or her face from growing unevenly
  • Play with your baby in ways that will stretch his or her neck
  • Contact your doctor if your child’s condition does not improve with stretching within 2-3 months


It is important to remember the health information found on this Web site is for reference only not intended to replace the advice and guidance of your health care provider. Always seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a true medical emergency, call 911 immediately.


  • Your baby’s head is tilted to one side (usually the right neck muscle is affected causing the head to point to the right)
  • Your baby may not be able to move his or her head as well as other babies
  • Your baby may have a lump on the back of his or her neck