What is torticollis?
Flat head syndrome and torticollis are very often linked. Torticollis is a condition where the muscles on one side of the neck are shortened. Torticollis limits baby’s range of motion.
Neck asymmetry like this leads a baby to hold his/her head in the same position over and over again during sleep. Over time, a baby’s moldable head flattens where it consistently comes in contact with the bed or floor.
If left untreated, flat spots can lead to permanent distortion of the face, eyes, ears, and head.
Why do torticollis and flat head occur?
Certain risk factors increase the chances of babies developing torticollis and flat spots. In these cases, expert intervention may be needed. Some of the most common risk factors include:
- awkward positioning in the womb
- long labor or traumatic birth
- being first-born
This is a new epidemic. Since 1994, the incidence of flat head syndrome (a.k.a. plagiocephaly or brachycephaly) has skyrocketed, increasing by 600%. That same year, the “Back to Sleep” campaign urged parents to put babies to sleep on their backs in an effort to reduce the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
When babies spend so much of their time on their backs, problems like flat head syndrome can emerge.
What can I do to help my baby?
If it does not resolve naturally by two to three months of age, flat head syndrome can require treatment with expensive helmet therapy, which costs an average of $4,000. If a helmet is needed, the child has to wear it 23.5 hours/day and will need it for months.
When left untreated, the changes – shifting and distortion of the face, ears, and head – can become permanent.
Karina, one of our patients, asked her doctor about her son’s apparent flat spot. She was told not to worry; it would probably get better on its own. It didn’t.
By the time she made it in to see our specialist staff, her baby already needed a helmet.
We have a 100% success rate in avoiding helmets for children who show signs of torticollis or a flat spot, if they come to us in the first few months of life. Later on, we have a 100% success rate of helping babies avoid traumatic corrective surgery.
Here are Karina’s baby’s dramatic results:
It is NEVER too late to seek treatment for Torticollis. The woman below brought her daughter into our clinic after doctors told her it was probably too late to see any results. After only a few months of a physical therapy program, her 11-month-old daughter has fully healed from Torticollis treatment. You can watch the video to hear about her baby’s extreme torticollis transformation:
We’ve seen these results over and over. Dr. Flores has refined her specialized techniques and replicated these results with over 10,000 babies.
If it’s identified quickly and parents are taught what to do, they can help their child prevent permanent problems. If your child is struggling, it’s not your fault. If you want to learn what you can do today, you can request the free guide now:
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