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Tilted head....

Riann - posted on 04/29/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son's head tilts to the left. When he was at the doctor last week he told me that I needed to stretch his neck. He also told me that my son needs more tummy time (which he doesn't like). Anyone else dealing with something like this?? Any suggestions on how to help the tilt?

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Jenni - posted on 05/03/2009

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my step-daughter had this... her face also appeared a little lopsided from it... her mom did the stretching that her doctor perscribed and by 3 months it was barely noticeable... by 5 months it was completely normal... she is now 20 months and you would never know... so i wouldn't worry about it too much... i think it's fairly common... just keep up with how ur doctor told u to stretch him

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Those wall sticky things can work well on the wall near where he sleeps (they have Winnie Pooh or just about anything), a mobile on the crib or cradle, switch his sleep position (head at the foot of the crib and vice versa), feed him so he uses the weaker side, put a mirror on the floor (or get down close like Esther says), prop him up on a Boppi or pillow for Tummy time and put new toys in his line of vision or to the side he needs to strengthen...are a couple of ideas. Tummy time can be 30 seconds or 30 minutes...but it is good practice in learning the parent-baby dance. I found that little babies are fascinated with other babies/kids and tolerate tummy time more when they have a buddy:)

Marsha - posted on 04/29/2009

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My oldest son was born with a kink in his neck and wasn't able to look left and started to develop a flat spot. My insurance co told me they wouldn't cover any therapy so I came up with my own. I turned on cartoons and put my son down on a blanket on the floor so he had to look left to see the tv. It took a couple of months of me doing this every morning but he got full motion in his neck. I hope this helped.

ESTHER - posted on 04/29/2009

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My son, though his head didn't exactly tilt, had a very weak neck so I was also told to give him extra tummy time. He, like your baby, did not like that at all!! at first.... but the more I did it, and laid down WITH him so he could still see me, make eye contact, play etc. He learned to like it really fast! Now he hates being on his back... funny how that kind of thing happens. These babies are so temperamental! :)

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