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Postural drainage for children: Upper lobes (back)

Infants: Lean the child forward about 30 degrees. You can do this by leaning back and holding the child steady against your chest. Repeat gentle clapping with a cupped hand between the spine and shoulder blade on each side of the upper back. Keep clapping for 3 to 5 minutes.

Toddlers and older: Have the child lean forward about 30 degrees against a pillow. Repeat gentle clapping with a cupped hand between the spine and shoulder blade on each side of the upper back. Clap for 3 to 5 minutes.

Current as of: March 3, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
John Pope MD - Pediatrics