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Translation: Angela Berg, MSc  

What Symptoms Might Indicate KiSS Syndrome?

In babies:

  • Head predominantly tilted/turned to one side, in severe cases exclusively
  • Difficulty holding the head upright and/or tendency to push the head backwards
  • Asymmetrical movement of arms and legs
  • Flattening of the back of the head, either centrally or on one side
  • Constrained body posture
  • Hip joint maturation problems, often on one side only
  • Foot distortion, in severe cases sickle foot
  • Sleep problems, sleep-crying
  • Colic, excessive crying
  • Hairless "KISS spot" at the back of the head, either in the middle or on one side
  • Tearing hair out, sensitivity of the neck to touch
  • Baby always sleeps in the same position
  • Cranial asymmetry - marked asymmetry of the face and/or the back of the head
  • Asymmetrical intergluteal cleft (the cleft between the buttocks)
  • One eye smaller than the other, often appearing somewhat sunken
  • Sleep posture resembling a back-bended 'C'; extreme back-arching when the baby is held or lying in its cot
  • Breastfeeding works well only on one side, since baby is unable to lie relaxed on the other side; baby arches its back and swallows a lot of air
  • Head banging", eg. child hits its head against the bars of the cot
  • Distinctive head movements before going to sleep
  • Turning/rolling over to one side only
  • Crying in the car or when pushed in a pram
  • Excessive dribbling, problems swallowing, bringing back milk

In older (untreated) children

  • Problems with concentration, learning difficulties
  • Diffuse headaches, heavy head feeling
  • Suspected ADD (ADHD), ADD-like behaviour
  • Social difficulties, behavioural problems, poor motor skills, developmental delay

Each of the symptoms/problems described here could also be due to a variety of other conditions. If you suspect that your child might have KISS syndrome, it is advisable that you consult a specialist KISS-trained doctor only after a check-up to exclude other diagnoses.

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