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Physical therapy for a 6 month old Deleted 1 child; Ohio 141 posts
7th Jun '13

My daughter is almost 6 months old and the Dr told us we have to take her to physical therapy. She has a muscle on one side of her neck that is shorter than the other so she tilts her head slightly. I'm not for sure what to expect when we go there. Has anyone else had to go through this too? If so, what all did they do? I've talked to one person about it and all they could suggest was give her medicine before because when she took her son she said it was so painful for him all he did was cry. He was around her age too when they took him.

Jenny&Boopy TTC since Jul 2014; 2 kids; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 7324 posts
status 7th Jun '13

LO is 9 months old and has had a physical therapist come to our house weekly. He has torticollis, stiff neck. No basically the same he tilts his head to one side. She does stretches with him and showed us how to do the stretches daily. It's been 3 months and seems to be helping a lot! He gets mad and cries occasionally but she never hurts him. They tell you when doing the stretches to stop if they start pushing back and resisting. He'll keep going with the PT until he's better. He also wears a helmet because he got a bad flat spot on his head as a result of the neck condition.

Deleted 1 child; Ohio 141 posts
7th Jun '13

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Jenny&Boopy TTC since Jul 2014; 2 kids; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 7324 posts
status 7th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Princess Leia's Mommy:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting

Deleted 1 child; Ohio 141 posts
7th Jun '13

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♥meagan 1 child; Atlanta, Georgia 390 posts
7th Jun '13

We had to go to PT for torticollis as well for seven months once a week. Took her awhile to warm up but ended up loving it! She had to wear the TOT collar for a month now she is all better!

♥meagan 1 child; Atlanta, Georgia 390 posts
7th Jun '13

We have this thing! I also think it has helped some, but I wouldn't put in the car seat.
http://www.amazon.com/Snuggin-Go-Infant-Positioner-Green/dp/B003SX0B8M

Deleted 1 child; Ohio 141 posts
7th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ♥meagan:</b>" We have this thing! I also think it has helped some, but I wouldn't put in the car seat. http://www.amazon.com/Snuggin-Go-Infant-Positioner-Green/dp/B003SX0B8M"</blockquote>



Thank you! I might have to get one of those! The dr said we at least have to take her to physical therapy once so they can show us what to do to help her but it looks like we might have to take her more than just once.

Kenna and mommy 1 child; Winchester, Virginia 3 posts
7th Jun '13

My daughter was diagnosed at 2 weeks old and the physical therapist comes to our house every 2 weeks. She has had therapy for 8 months now and she has improved tremendously. The therapist just showed us exercises to do with her and how to position her head when she was in the infant carrier and bouncy seat.

Deleted 1 child; Ohio 141 posts
7th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Kenna and mommy:</b>" My daughter was diagnosed at 2 weeks old and the physical therapist comes to our house every 2 weeks. ... [snip!] ... just showed us exercises to do with her and how to position her head when she was in the infant carrier and bouncy seat."</blockquote>




Oh geeze 2 weeks old? That's pretty early. They told us about it at her 4 month check up but it wasn't even her actual dr because her dr was out. They never even gave us information about it so were waiting to see what her actual dr tells us about it and hoping she won't have to be in physical therapy that long. How did they tell you to position her in the infant carrier and bouncy seat? They told us to put something by her head so she keeps it straight like a blanket but there's no way I'm going to do that. She will first of all try to eat it because she loves chewing on everything and secondly I know she would put it over her face.

Liam&Xander's Mama Due February 28; 1 child; Ohio 1061 posts
7th Jun '13

my 1st son had severe torticollis and was in physical and occupational therapy for a little over 8 months. (from 3 months to 11.5 months) he's 2.5 now and still tilts slightly when tired/sick ect.

Deleted 1 child; Ohio 141 posts
7th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Liam&Xander's Mama:</b>" my 1st son had severe torticollis and was in physical and occupational therapy for a little over 8 months. (from 3 months to 11.5 months) he's 2.5 now and still tilts slightly when tired/sick ect."</blockquote>




Did they have you take him weekly? They never said if hers was bad or not.. I don't think it's that bad but definitely noticeable. I just don't know what to expect going into physical therapy. I got told that they cry at first like its painful? I hate seeing/hearing her cry. I can't even handle her getting shots. My boyfriend is always there for when she gets her shots.

Kenna and mommy 1 child; Winchester, Virginia 3 posts
7th Jun '13
Quoting Princess Leia's Mommy:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Kenna and mommy:</b>" My daughter was diagnosed at 2 weeks old ... [snip!] ... She will first of all try to eat it because she loves chewing on everything and secondly I know she would put it over her face."

Her therapist showed us how to roll up receiving blankets up and position it next to the head piece in the carrier to push her head the other way. At her two week checkup her doctor, who is really thorough during checkups checked her neck and asked if she kept her head to one side and I was like actually yes she does. She wouldn't even turn her head to the left. Now the only time you can tell that there was ever anything wrong with her neck is when she is really tired.

Deleted 1 child; Ohio 141 posts
8th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Kenna and mommy:</b>" Her therapist showed us how to roll up receiving blankets up and position it next to the head piece in ... [snip!] ... head to the left. Now the only time you can tell that there was ever anything wrong with her neck is when she is really tired."</blockquote>




I will have to figure out a way to do that for her swings and car seat. I don't think hers was that bad at first because in the pictures from when she was born you couldn't tell as bad. When we went to her 4 month check up the dr had laid her the opposite way they normally would and told us to get her to look at us. So we proved to the dr she could turn her head both ways which she said was good. That's why I don't think her case is all that bad.

Liam&Xander's Mama Due February 28; 1 child; Ohio 1061 posts
8th Jun '13
Quoting Princess Leia's Mommy:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Liam&Xander's Mama:</b>" my 1st son had severe torticollis and ... [snip!] ... I hate seeing/hearing her cry. I can't even handle her getting shots. My boyfriend is always there for when she gets her shots."

yes we went to both weekly for the first few months, then every other week they would switch off, so one week would be physical therapy the next would be occupational ect. until we were eventually finally done!! lol. the stretches don't hurt them, they cry because they don't like you doing them, basically just like when they cry when you're holding them for the dr to check their ears or something, the check up doesn't hurt, they just don't like being forced/held in a position they aren't used to. the stretches are veryyyy important. i did them after every diaper change to make sure i got them in and wouldn't forget. also tummy time! lots of it .:) my son didn't roll until 7 months, sit independently until 8 months, didn't crawl until almost 9, but was walking by 12 months. (as you can see as his torticollis improved he caught up with his gross motor skills just fine.)