Prone positioning facilitates extension of the back and neck, and it stretches the hip muscles that often become tight from prolonged sitting. The prone position is also used for postural drainage to remove secretions from parts of the lungs.
Prone positioning is not indicated for some people with breathing problems, very poor head control, hydrocephalus, gastrostomy tube placement, etc. It is recommended that you obtain approval from a physician if you are uncertain whether prone positioning is safe.
Tummy Time for Babies and Children:
When should I start tummy time with my child? Tummy time is indicated when you bring your baby home from the hospital, provided there are no medical reasons for limiting or avoiding this position. If you are uncertain, check with your child’s physician to obtain medical consent.
Your child should always be awake and supervised when on his tummy. Have fun and make this an enjoyable time for you and your child! Here are some articles to review:
"Tummy Time Tools" from the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)
SIDS & Tummy Time Article from the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics)
For children with certain clinical diagnoses, Prone Floor Positioners may be beneficial to help them achieve their goals. Always check with your child's therapists before using equipment to make sure that it is appropriate. Some of the clinical diagnoses that might include but are not limited to the following: Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Gross Motor Delay, Spina Bifida, and Traumatic Brain Injury.