Well. Yesterday was a real eyeopener!
I had noticed — when he was around 3 months old — that Bertie had trouble turning his head to the right. In fact, he favoured his left side so much, his little neck looked permanently twisted, bless him.
I Googled the symptoms and came up with this…
TORTICOLLIS — click on the word to read more about it.
After doing a little more research, it seemed that Torticollis is a common complaint with many babies — and more often with multiples — in fact, around 1 in 250 babies will show symptoms.
Torticollis is fairly easy to identify, according to a number of websites. The most frequently advised way of determining the symptoms is to place your baby is on his back, so he is facing upward. Don’t manually turn your baby’s head but attract his attention — first to one side and then the other. The baby should be able to turn his head with ease and look equally to the left and to the right; in other words the baby’s chin should be able to almost touch the left and right shoulders.
Bertie definitely favoured his left over the right and this could be seen when he slept, fed, played on a mat or had some tummy time. He was also a lot ‘shakier’ than his brother. Cosmo has had pretty good head control for a while, but Bertie still had a bit of a ‘bobble-head’.
At the four month check-up I asked the health visitor if I should take him to the GP but, interestingly, she said not to bother. She said that it was very likely we wouldn’t be referred for treatment, initially, but would be sent away for 6 months and told to return if it didn’t improve. She then told me about a fantastic clinic in Northampton — The Maple Tree Clinic — and advised me to take Bertie to see a gentleman called Christophe.
I didn’t rush to make the appointment, at first, as I wanted to see if it would improve with time — as it suggested in a couple of write-ups I’d looked at — but earlier this week, we decided it wasn’t looking much better so I booked him in for a visit.
Off we went, en-masse, to the clinic— Dickie, Bertie, Cosmo and me. Getting out of the house these days requires
military precision and clever planning but I figured it was best if both of us were there to listen to the prognosis.
The clinic was really modern and Christophe was charming — a friendly Frenchman who had a lovely, easy way with the babies. He explained what was wrong with Bertie’s neck and how he was going to treat it. Then he sat with Bertie and very gently began to work his magic.
He took before and after pictures and let us see them once he’d finished the treatment.
The results were pretty staggering!! After just one 10 minute session, Bertie’s posture had dramatically improved and we could see from the before and after shots how much Christophe had helped him, in such a short space of time.
As proof of the pudding — just hours after he’d had his first consultation — we witnessed our beautiful, firstborn, son sleeping with his head facing the other way! Amazing.
I have been watching him quite carefully today and the increased movement in his neck is incredible. He has not only been sleeping with his head facing the right side — which we haven’t seen him do since he was born — but while he has been playing he’s been looking up and twisting around! Still a little bit shakier than Cosmo, but a huge improvement and SO much better than yesterday!!!
I am so, so pleased.
We have to go back in two months time, for another check up but, until then, I’m looking forward to seeing my baby’s movement improve in the meantime.
For any parents who have their suspicions that their little one may have Torticollis, I would wholeheartedly recommend taking your baby to an osteopath that specialises in babies and children. There’s a lot to be said for word of mouth and I’m so grateful to the health visitor that recommended The Maple Tree Clinic.
I am one happy Twinkle Momma :)