What is the effectiveness of prone positioning “Tummy Time” activity on improving upper and lower extremity motor functions in infants with poor motor skills?
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“Tummy Time” is a crucial activity that infants need to participate in to develop the appropriate motor skills to reach different developmental milestones. Many parents do not make their infants participate in “Tummy Time” because it causes their infants to cry or get upset. Therefore, these infants are at a higher risk to having developmental delays in developmental motor skills. A study that was done between the years 2009 and 2017 has found that 17% of children aged 3-17 years old had a developmental disability and this percentage only increased between that period (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019). Not reaching developmental milestones at an early age can lead to Early Intervention services being needed or for parents to step in more due to lack of independence and skills (Ex. having to help feed the child when they should be old enough to self-feed). This study also mentioned families living in rural areas may have financial difficulties resulting in less access to amenities and treatment resources (PEDIATRICS, 2019). Costs of services can be high depending on the families financial status which can be a barrier to receiving the best quality of care for their child.
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