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Health Tip: Understanding Torticollis

When an infant's neck tilts to one side

(HealthDay News) -- Torticollis is congenital condition that is generally noticed within the first six to eight weeks after a baby is born, says the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

The primary symptom is the head tilting to one side, and problems turning the head to the other side.

Torticollis tends to be more common in first-born children, the academy says. There isn't a known way to prevent it.

Torticollis generally can be treated with exercises that stretch the neck and turn the head to the opposite side, the group says. Placing toys where a child has to turn to the opposite side may also help. In about 10 percent of cases, surgery may be needed.

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