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Why do babies sling their head side to side?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Too heavy: The head is heavy and little babies (0-4 months) do not yet have strong enough neck muscles to control it so it sort of falls to one side. Gets better by 4 months. Older babies often do things because they figured out they can.

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A 37-year-old male asked:

Why does my babies head always lean to one side?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Infant torticollis: Torticollis is a condition when babies are born with their head tilted to one side, caused by tight muscles in the neck. Sometimes people will feel a lump on one side of the neck. Your Pediatrician may instruct you in infant massage and stretches, or refer you to physical therapy (PT). The condition usually resolves by 3 months of age with the proper treatment.

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