Torticollis

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jessnewmama's picture
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Torticollis

We went and saw a Pediatric Physical Therapist yesterday because Mason has some Torticollis and Plagiocephaly.....which just means that his neck muscles are tight on one side so he always wants to look to the right and because of that, he is getting a flat spot on one side of his head. So we have to do neck stretches with him 3 times a day and lots and lots of tummy time. We're also supposed to always position him when he is on the floor/in his crib with the "interesting" things on his left side so he'll want to look to the left more often. Has anybody dealt with this before? Any ideas for positioning that I could try? I feel like I am constantly trying to adjust him so he'll want to look to his left, but he still manages to find things on his right that are fun to look at!

The PT also said no more bouncer for the time being. That wouldn't be a big deal except he has ONLY been able to sleep in his bouncer during the day and won't stay asleep if he is laying on his back or we are holding him. We think it is because of Reflux and when he is on his back it keeps him awake, so the bouncer worked because he was on an incline. I'm trying him right now in his crib with a pillow underneath the mattress so he is on an incline, but so far, he hasn't been sleeping. No naps during the day equals a grumpy baby and a grumpy mommy. Anybody had this issue too?

StarGazer78's picture
Joined: 09/11/11
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What is it about the bouncer that you aren't supposed to use it? My LO always falls asleep in the bouncer as well so I know what you mean, but she is starting to enjoy the crib more. Can you use a nap nanny? A friend's baby had reflux and he lived in that thing--she said it was definitely worth the expense.

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Joined: 07/28/11
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Oh no, poor Mason. That sounds painful but it sounds like you're doing the right things for him.

jessnewmama's picture
Joined: 09/24/11
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The PT said that his positioning in the bouncer encourages him to find that "comfortable" spot, which is with his head leaning to the right, directly on the flat spot. So since we're trying to get him to turn to the left as much as possible, he's discouraging our use of it. The idea is that we position him in his crib so that anything he'd want to look at is to his left, so he'd fall asleep looking to the left. I'm not so sure about how successful that is though because when he's tired, he doesn't really care if he's just looking at the bare wall instead of out into the room. Today has been unsuccessful with getting him to sleep otherwise, so he's in his bouncer now and I'm just making sure his head is always to the left. His neck is really important, but so is his sleep! I've never heard of the Nap Nanny though, I'll have to look that up!

Thanks Heidi! Sometimes it doesn't seem like we're helping at all but we sure are trying!!