Not so rarely do new-born parents face such a problem as one-sided torticollis. Naturally, such a diagnosis raises a lot of questions about the causes and symptoms of this deviation. Before we talk about them, we will immediately determine that torticollis can be either congenital or acquired, respectively, and cause its different reasons. So…
Causes of congenital torticollis
In the first place, torticollis in newborns may be the result of congenital malformations of the sternoclavicular-mastoid muscle.
The second reason is the birth trauma, which in most cases occurs when labor is complicated due to the pelvic presentation of the baby. True, in many cases, this problem is solved by special charging with pelvic presentation, but not always.
Causes of acquired torticollis
If the wrong position of the head is acquired, then there may be a lot of possible causes: chronic or acute myositis, scarring in the neck after injuries, some inflammatory and dystrophic processes, cuts and muscle paralysis.
But if all these problems appear, they are almost always at an older age. As for torticollis in children of the first year of life, it is more often inborn and requires immediate diagnosis and treatment. Consider how to define it.
Symptoms of torticollis
The main symptom of one-sided torticollis is the following: when the head is tilted in the direction of curvature, its involuntary turn in the opposite direction occurs. This is a sign that allows you to very easily and almost unmistakably determine the existence of a problem even at home, and then contact the specialists in a timely manner.
But even though this is the main, but not the only symptom of torticollis, there are also secondary signs:
- spinal deformities - often we are talking about the curvatures in the lateral planes;
- deformities of the skull, for example, it may be asymmetry.
As you can see, it’s not too difficult to determine if the child has torticollis, and its consequences can be very unpleasant (atrophy of half of the face, lagging in neuromuscular development), therefore, at the first suspicions, you should immediately contact a doctor who examines the baby and, if necessary, treatment.