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Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: .... | 2007/05/31

Q.

Stiff Neck - any suggestions ?

What can I use for a stiff neck on a 6 month old ?

VOLTAREN GEL
DEEP HEAT
REPARIL GEL

She is currently doing some neck exercises, but would like to use a gel as well to warm the neck muscle before doing the exercises and then afterwards..

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

A 6 month old baby should not have a stiff neck. Was she born with this problem? If so, this is a condition known as torticollis and is usually due to a spasm of one of the neck muscles. She needs treatment by a physiotherapist for this condition. If she has just suddenly developed a stiff neck then she must be seen ASAP by a paeditrian in case she has meningitis!

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