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Tummy time

New Evidence Shows Tummy Time Importance

We speak often about the importance of tummy time – and it is something we work with in conjunction with parents.

Effective tummy time means we can decrease the amount of time infants spend in positions other than supine and decrease the incidence of plagiocephaly.

What is Positional Plagiocephaly?

During an infant’s first four to six months of life, the skull is naturally thin and flexible. It can easily change shape. When an infant at this stage, and regularly sleeps with his or her head in the same position, a flattening a part of the skull may occur.

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In addition we wanted to share the below research that gives strong insight into why working with a physiotherapist can support your baby’s health.

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Title: Use of Care Giver Education to Prevent Positional Plagiocephaly 

Clinical Question: 

P (population) Among infants less than two months of age

I (intervention) does infant positioning education given to their care givers

C (comparison) vs. no education

O (outcome) increase the amount of time the infant spends in positions other than supine and decrease the incidence of positional plagiocephaly? 

Target Population: Infants less than two months of age and premature infants with adjusted age less than two months Exclusion Criteria: Infants who have a medical condition where varying infant position may increase or cause health risk. 

Recommendation: It is recommended that care givers of infant(s) routinely receive education regarding “tummy time” and infant positioning beginning prior to two months of age to decrease the amount of time infants spend in positions other than supine and decrease the incidence of plagiocephaly.

Discussion/Summary of Evidence related to the recommendation: Prevention Education and Timing of Preventative Education Early caregiver education regarding unlimited restriction of movement, infant positioning, and safe infant environment reduces the incidence of positional plagiocephaly (PP).

Three studies demonstrated that positioning education given to caregivers decreased the amount of time infants spent in bouncers, carriers and other infant furniture and increased the amount of time spent in positions other than supine.

Education given to caregivers was effective in decreasing the incidence of PP or increasing the amount of time infants spent in positions other than supine when provided during pregnancy (Wen et al. 2011[2b]), in the immediate postpartum period.