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Postural Drainage: Lower Lobes (Back)

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Illustration adapted with permission from the University of Wisconsin Medical School.

Infants: Lay your infant on his or her stomach with the head and upper body flat. Clap with a cupped hand over the lower ribs and behind the armpit on each side. In order to prevent the chance of reflux, do not tip your infant so that he or she is in a head-down position for postural drainage.

Toddlers and older: Lay your child on his or her stomach with the head and upper body tipped down at a 30-degree angle. Clap with a cupped hand over the lower ribs and behind the armpit on each side.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerCatherine O'Malley, RRT - Respiratory Therapy
Current as ofJune 11, 2013

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Last Updated: June 11, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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