At Miles 4 month appointment, our baby boy was diagnosed with Torticollis. Ever heard of it? I hadn't, until then. It means, "twisted neck" and 1 in 250 babies are born with it, and 20% of those have hip dysplasia, which thankfully he has not been diagnosed with at this time. So what does this mean? Right now this means a lot of physical therapy appointments and a lot of at home exercises for our little man.
The torticollis is also causing him delays in reaching his miles stones like rolling over and causing the back of his head to remain flat. Apparently, the muscles are being pulled down and not allowing his head muscles to form properly. So we are hoping fixing one thing, corrects many!
During his first physical therapy appointment, they pushed him hard to determine which side was worse. The physical therapist said it was usually quick to see which side they were favoring, but with him it wasn't because he seemed to be stiff in both sides. So 2 hours later and the loudest cries I have ever heard from him, they determined he had right torticollis. He has his second appointment today, which daddy is bringing him too and hopefully over the next few weeks we will see some major improvements.
Our whole journey with our little guys was a little rough. From starting with IVF, to being told on NYE that he likely had downs syndrome, which thank God was not the case. To lots of bleeding in my pregnancy early on, to Intrauterine Growth Restriction, high blood pressure & pre eclampsia...it has been full of worries by mommy, daddy and the whole family. I am so very grateful for all of our blessings & today I am feeling especially grateful for him. He is such a sweet, mellow, loving little guy and I am so blessed to be his mommy and while this is another bump in the road, he is healthy overall and we intend to keep it that way!