Baby won't turn head to one side....

Why won't my baby turn their head to one side?

It is not that uncommon for a baby to have difficulty turning their head to one side or the other.  Parents may notice this over a period of weeks where, for example, the baby always turns their head to the right or left but seems unable or unwilling to look the other way. Or mom might notice this when breastfeeding (only want to feed on one breast).

 

If there are no signs of discomfort, then you don't usually need to worry. It is probably just the way they were lying in the womb and the muscle imbalance will sort itself out in the first few months. Be sure to do plenty of tummy time where you encourage your baby to look to the difficult side.

On our subscribers section, you will find a routine of gentle spinal stretches that frequently solves the problem. These are very safe, gentle and easy to learn for the first time parent.

If you are still noticing difficulty at around two months, you might consider seeing a chiropractor who deals with babies as there may be a muscle in spasm or even a misaligned vertebrae in their neck.