My 6 1/2 month old son tilts his head to one side. Normal?

Kendra - posted on 04/27/2010 ( 64 moms have responded )

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My son tilts his head to the left side frequently. He has done this for a couple months now and more than a few people have mentioned it to me without me ever saying anything to them. He has a well check up in a few days..but wondering if anyone knows anything related to why my baby tilts his head to one side?

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Kendra - posted on 04/29/2010

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Sara, his eyes are fine. I knew to look out for that because my cousins baby had a drifting eye and would turn her head to try and correct it..Yes I thought of it. Thank you for posting.

Sara - posted on 04/29/2010

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Do his eyes align properly or have you notices that maybe one eye turns or drifts when he's looking at something? The eyes should be yoked by this point and move together, so if they dont' that could be the problem. It could also be a problem with the muscles in his neck, but I would definitely ask the doctor.

Kendra - posted on 04/28/2010

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lol. Thank you all!! yes his appointment is on Friday so I will definitely be mentioning it and i will post on here what she said. He was breech in the womb for several months so it could be tortuculis...i will post.

Abbie - posted on 04/27/2010

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tortucolis was my first thought when you gave the details. My best friends little girl had this, There are a few options if it is that: you can do the time and the exercises at home or you can do surgery. I would not suggest surgery as the first option, once you open up th ebody its never the same, scar tissue will develop there and that can cause problem later. There is an exercise in which you hang your baby upside down for a minute ( about ) at a time for like 5 times a day, there are other exercises as well. My friend did the exercises and her daughter is just fine now :)

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Have him checked by the doctor. There is a condition called Plagiocephaly ( a scarey name for a relatively minor condition). It means, a deformation of the skull due to consistent external pressure, such as in utero (it happens with twins a bit, my daughter's older twin had it.) It can be treated by therapy, or in some cases the child might have to wear a special helmet. There's also a condition called congenital corticollis, which means a shortening of a muscle in the neck causing the head to tilt to one side.

Your little boy may have one or both or neither of these conditions, but I think it would be a good idea to get him checked so that physiotherapy can get started. Physio would be the way to go.

Iridescent - posted on 04/27/2010

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Ask the doctor about it, and have his vision checked. Often it's the first symptom of visual defects.

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My daughter is nearly 16 mths and did this for a while before she turned one...she always was okay with hitting her milestones etc and she is not doing it now.At first i thought she might have an ear infection but she didnt and ended up just not doing it anymore.My family noticed but others didnt it just looked to them that she was shy and putting her head to one side if you get me.Talk to your doctor because you are concerned.Best of luck to you.More than likely your son is perfectly healthy and fine:-)

Rebecca - posted on 04/27/2010

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oh so it's not a movement but it's always like this? My first did have this and he had to see a specialist because he favored looking to one side. It was fixed within 2 weeks.
Holley i'm going to be asking my Dr about my daughter now. She hasn't missed any milestones either so i'll have to watch carefully now. Thanks for that tidbit.

Kendra - posted on 04/27/2010

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Developmentally he is hitting everything spot on. Sits up by himself, rolls over, scoots himself forward and backward on his stomach, and has excellent neck support. He doesn't only do it when he's smiling with at us. When he sits up on the floor you can see his head slightly leaning to the right if his back his facing you...I don't know. I've googled it and tortucolis pops up. Thanks for the replies ladies.

Holley - posted on 04/27/2010

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you should definetly mention it to your doc...my daughter did that from birth till she was a couple months old..and we found out later on it was b/c she has mild cerebral palsy...

Rebecca - posted on 04/27/2010

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My daughter has done this also for a while and she smiles at you when she does it. I think she's mocking us because we look at her kind of like this. She's been doing it for about 2 months now and she's now 9.5 months. I don't remember my first child doing it but i don't think it would be anything to worry about...if the Dr says something about it let me know...my daughter doesn't have her check up until next week.

Rachel - posted on 05/08/2010

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It's good that you're seeing your doctor soon. There are probably a number of possible reasons that your baby tilts his head to one side. My son developed a large lump on the side of his neck at a few weeks old, our GP referred us to the pediatrician who explained it was likely a non-malignant lump (the medical name included the word "tumor" but he was quick to explain this wasn't anything to worry about) caused by trauma during birth it was a build up of fibre in the muscle - the pediatrician ordered a scan to confirm and physio - by the time he had the scan it had disappeared, we went to the physio anyway as the appointment was already made - the physio explained that one of the side effects of these types of lumps was to shorten the muscle and make the head tilt to one side - so that may be a possibility? I hope all goes well.

Amanda - posted on 05/04/2010

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well just like most everyone has already said, I think torticollis might be the reason your baby tilts his head to one side. my son had it from birth, and even though you said that it has just shown up it still could be tort. It is something that can show up later in life, even in adults, but those situations are normally from some sort of traumatic event. Sounds like you are on top of it with already having made the pt appointment. Good luck :)

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