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Pediatr Phys Ther. 2017 Jan;29(1):68-75.

Importance of Initiating a "Tummy Time" Intervention Early in Infants With Down Syndrome.

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The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study compared differences in motor development in infants with Down syndrome beginning a tummy time intervention before 11 weeks of age and after 11 weeks of age.

METHODS:

Nineteen infants with Down syndrome participated in tummy time until they could independently transition in and out of sitting. Motor development was assessed monthly using the Bayley III Motor Scales and compared between the groups.

RESULTS:

A difference in motor development between early and late groups is apparent 1, 2, and 3 months following intervention initiation.

CONCLUSION:

Early implemented tummy time was effective in reducing motor delay in young infants with Down syndrome and is a prudent first step in intervention.

PMID:
27984474
DOI:
10.1097/PEP.0000000000000335
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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