Cardiopulmonary physiotherapy treatment (CPT) in a baby (0-12 months)CCardiopulmonary physiotherapy treatment (CPT) in a baby (0-12 months)Cardiopulmonary physiotherapy treatment (CPT) in a baby (0-12 months)EnglishRespiratoryBaby (1-12 months);Newborn (0-28 days)Chest;Lungs;BackRespiratory systemNon-drug treatmentAdult (19+) CaregiversNA2020-06-12T04:00:00ZHealth (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Cardiopulmonary physiotherapy treatment (CPT) is used to clear mucus from the airways. Learn about the benefits of CPT and the different techniques you can learn to help clear your baby’s airways.</p><h2>What is cardiopulmonary physiotherapy treatment? </h2><p>Cardiopulmonary physiotherapy treatment (CPT) is used to treat conditions that can cause mucus buildup in the lower airways of the lungs. CPT techniques can help to loosen mucus in the lungs and move it out of the airways. Clearing the airways helps to treat some types of pneumonia, which may help to improve lung function. If your baby has a medical condition that causes mucus buildup in the lower lungs, CPT techniques may help to decrease the frequency of future lung infections. </p> <div class="pdf-page-break"></div> <p>If your baby requires treatment, a physiotherapist can assess and determine an appropriate treatment plan for your baby at home. They will also teach you how to effectively and safely add CPT into your daily routine. CPT techniques your physiotherapist may prescribe at home include: </p><ul><li>modified postural drainage (positioning)</li><li>percussion </li><li>expiratory vibrations </li><li>suctioning </li><li>mobility and play (e.g., seating strategies, tummy time, yoga ball)</li></ul><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Cardiopulmonary physiotherapy treatment can be used in babies who have conditions that may cause mucus buildup in the lower areas of the lungs. </li><li>A trained physiotherapist can help you create an individualized pulmonary clearance program or strategy to complete on a regular basis with your baby. </li><li>Types of treatments used include modified postural drainage, percussion, expiratory vibrations, suctioning, and mobility and play. </li><li>Percussion and expiratory vibrations can be used in combination with modified postural drainage positions.</li></ul><h2>CPT treatment options </h2><h3>Modified postural drainage </h3><p>Modified postural drainage (MPD) uses gravity to help move mucus from the smaller airways in the lungs up to the larger airways. The mucus is then coughed or suctioned out.</p><p>MPD is performed by placing your baby in different positions, based on the anatomylocation of the different segments of the lungs. This helps with drainage of the lungs. See the section below on positioning and target area to learn more about these positions.</p><p>MPD is usually used in combination with other CPTs, such as percussion and vibrations.</p><p>Do not tip the head down for postural drainage due to the risk of reflux and subsequent aspiration. </p><h3>Percussion </h3><p>Percussion is used to help loosen and remove the mucus stuck to the walls of the airways. </p><p>To perform percussion, your baby is placed in one of the MPD positions (see diagram _________). Then, using a cupped hand or palm cup (see below), you will gently tap on a designated area of your baby's back or chest for approximately 3-5 minutes.</p><p>A cupped hand forms to the curve of your baby's chest and creates an air pocket that makes the percussion more comfortable for your baby. As a result, the percussion should make a "hollow" sound (not a slapping sound). Percussion should be firm, but never painful, and should not create redness on the skin. A thin blanket can be placed on the chest wall for comfort.</p><p>Be careful not to percuss over your baby’s spine, breastbone, stomach or ribs as this can injure your baby.</p><div class="asset-2-up"> <figure> <span class="asset-image-title">Cupped hand position</span><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_CuppedHands_Position02_IMG1546.jpg" alt="Slightly cupped hand with palm facing down" /></figure><figure><span class="asset-image-title">Palm cups</span><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PosturalDrainage_PalmCups.jpg" alt="Two palm cups used for percussions" /></figure></div><h3>Expiratory vibrations </h3> <figure> <span class="asset-image-title">Flat hand</span><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_CuppedHands_Position01_IMG1475.jpg" alt="flat hand with palm facing down" /></figure> <p>Vibrations are used to help gently shake the mucus so it can move from the smaller airways into the larger airways as a baby exhales.</p><p>To perform vibrations, place your baby in one of the MPD positions that your baby’s physiotherapist recommended. Then, using a flat hand the caregiver places a firm hand on the chest wall over the lung segment of focus. </p><p>The caregiver tenses the muscles of the arm and shoulder to create fine oscillatory movements (vibrations) combined with compression of the baby's chest wall during exhalation. The vibrations should be performed in the direction of rib movement. Exhalation should be as slow and as complete as possible. </p><h2>Positioning and target area </h2><p>For the following lung segments refer to the inset picture. These pictures show the correct positions for CPT. In the diagrams, shaded areas indicate hand placement where the chest should be percussed or vibrated. A physiotherapist may prescribe only specific segments, or all of them, depending on your baby's needs. </p><p> <strong>Note</strong>: All positions outlined below can be done either on a flat surface, such as a bed, or on your lap. This depends on your baby’s age, comfort and needs, as well as how comfortable you feel. </p><div class="pdf-page-break"></div><div class="akh-series"><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_Infant_P02_UpperLobe_AnteriorSegment.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Upper lobe – anterior segments</h3><p>Position your baby flat on their back and treat between their collarbone and nipple. Avoid treatment over breastbone in the centre.</p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_Infant_P03_UpperLobe_RightPosteriorSegment.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Upper lobe – right posterior segment</h3><p>With the baby positioned flat on their stomach, place a rolled flannel blanket under the right side of their chest in order to elevate it slightly. Treat over their right shoulder blade. Avoid treating over the spine.</p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_Infant_P04_UpperLobe_LeftPosteriorSegment.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Upper lobe – left posterior segment</h3><p>With the baby positioned on their stomach, place 2 pillows or a blanket under the left side of their chest in order to elevate it 45 degrees. You can also wrap a rolled flannel blanket around your baby to help elevate and support them. Treat over their left shoulder blade. Avoid treatment over the spine.</p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_Infant_P05_MiddleLobe.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Right middle lobe</h3><p>Position your baby on their left side at a ¾ turn toward their back. Place a rolled blanket behind your baby for them to lean against and stop them from rolling completely onto their back. Treat close to the right armpit over nipple line. </p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_Infant_P05_Lingula.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Lingula (middle of left lung)</h3><p>Position your baby on their right side at a ¾ turn toward their back. Place a rolled blanket behind your baby for them to lean against and stop them from rolling completely onto their back. Treat close to the left armpit over nipple line. </p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_Infant_P06_LowerLobe_AnteriorSegment.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Lower lobe – anterior segments </h3><p>Position your baby flat on their back, with a rolled blanket placed under their legs. Treat over their ribs, about two fingers above the lower edge of the ribcage. Avoid treating over the stomach and very lowest ribs.</p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_Infant_P07_LowerLobe_LateralSegment.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Lower lobe – lateral segments</h3><p>Position your baby on their right side, using blankets to support them. Treat over their left side, about two fingers above the lower edge of their ribcage. To treat the right side, place your baby on their left side. </p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_Infant_P08a_LowerLobe_PosteriorSegment.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Lower lobe – posterior segments </h3><p>Lay your baby flat on their stomach. Treat over their ribs, about two fingers above the lower edge of their ribcage. Avoid treating over the spine. </p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_Infant_P08b_LowerLobe_PosteriorSegment.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Lower lobe – posterior segments (alternative option) </h3><p>Depending on their condition, some babies are not able to lie flat on their stomachs. For these babies, have them lie as far over onto their stomach as possible, with a blanket rolled up under their left side and wrapped between their legs and behind them, to stop them from lying completely flat. </p></div></div></div> <br> <div class="pdf-page-break"></div><h3>When should you stop CPT? </h3><p>If your infant develops increased work of breathing, stop routine CPT and seek assistance from your health-care provider. CPT could make these symptoms worse, and an assessment from a physician, nurse practitioner or trained health-care professional is needed to determine if this treatment is indicated. </p><div class="pdf-page-break"></div> <h2>Suctioning </h2><p>Suctioning is a procedure that helps to clear mucus from the airway when a baby or child cannot cough effectively.</p><p>If your baby has a complex condition which could require suctioning, talk to your baby’s health-care team before performing this procedure. Suctioning requires special equipment and very specific training for safety. </p><p>For more information on suctioning, please see <a href="/article?contentid=3850&language=english">Secretions and suctioning: General knowledge</a>.</p><h2>Cough assist </h2><p>If your baby has been prescribed a <a href="/article?contentid=2447&language=english">cough assist machine</a>, talk to their physiotherapist to learn if this can be used in combination with your baby’s regular pulmonary clearance routine.</p><p>For more information on cough assist machines, please see <a href="/article?contentid=2447&language=english">Cough assist machine: How it helps to clear mucus from the lungs</a>.</p>

 

 

 

 

Cardiopulmonary physiotherapy treatment (CPT) in a baby (0-12 months)3876.00000000000Cardiopulmonary physiotherapy treatment (CPT) in a baby (0-12 months)Cardiopulmonary physiotherapy treatment (CPT) in a baby (0-12 months)CEnglishRespiratoryBaby (1-12 months);Newborn (0-28 days)Chest;Lungs;BackRespiratory systemNon-drug treatmentAdult (19+) CaregiversNA2020-06-12T04:00:00ZHealth (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Cardiopulmonary physiotherapy treatment (CPT) is used to clear mucus from the airways. Learn about the benefits of CPT and the different techniques you can learn to help clear your baby’s airways.</p><h2>What is cardiopulmonary physiotherapy treatment? </h2><p>Cardiopulmonary physiotherapy treatment (CPT) is used to treat conditions that can cause mucus buildup in the lower airways of the lungs. CPT techniques can help to loosen mucus in the lungs and move it out of the airways. Clearing the airways helps to treat some types of pneumonia, which may help to improve lung function. If your baby has a medical condition that causes mucus buildup in the lower lungs, CPT techniques may help to decrease the frequency of future lung infections. </p> <div class="pdf-page-break"></div> <p>If your baby requires treatment, a physiotherapist can assess and determine an appropriate treatment plan for your baby at home. They will also teach you how to effectively and safely add CPT into your daily routine. CPT techniques your physiotherapist may prescribe at home include: </p><ul><li>modified postural drainage (positioning)</li><li>percussion </li><li>expiratory vibrations </li><li>suctioning </li><li>mobility and play (e.g., seating strategies, tummy time, yoga ball)</li></ul><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Cardiopulmonary physiotherapy treatment can be used in babies who have conditions that may cause mucus buildup in the lower areas of the lungs. </li><li>A trained physiotherapist can help you create an individualized pulmonary clearance program or strategy to complete on a regular basis with your baby. </li><li>Types of treatments used include modified postural drainage, percussion, expiratory vibrations, suctioning, and mobility and play. </li><li>Percussion and expiratory vibrations can be used in combination with modified postural drainage positions.</li></ul><h2>Promoting good airway clearance and ventilation</h2><p>Mobility and movement are key strategies to assist with pulmonary clearance and improve air entry to your baby’s lungs. </p><p>If your baby has a condition where lower airway secretions are retained, you can use the above treatment strategies to maintain good lung health and move the mucus out of their lungs efficiently.</p><h2>CPT treatment options </h2><h3>Modified postural drainage </h3><p>Modified postural drainage (MPD) uses gravity to help move mucus from the smaller airways in the lungs up to the larger airways. The mucus is then coughed or suctioned out.</p><p>MPD is performed by placing your baby in different positions, based on the anatomylocation of the different segments of the lungs. This helps with drainage of the lungs. See the section below on positioning and target area to learn more about these positions.</p><p>MPD is usually used in combination with other CPTs, such as percussion and vibrations.</p><p>Do not tip the head down for postural drainage due to the risk of reflux and subsequent aspiration. </p><h3>Percussion </h3><p>Percussion is used to help loosen and remove the mucus stuck to the walls of the airways. </p><p>To perform percussion, your baby is placed in one of the MPD positions (see diagram _________). Then, using a cupped hand or palm cup (see below), you will gently tap on a designated area of your baby's back or chest for approximately 3-5 minutes.</p><p>A cupped hand forms to the curve of your baby's chest and creates an air pocket that makes the percussion more comfortable for your baby. As a result, the percussion should make a "hollow" sound (not a slapping sound). Percussion should be firm, but never painful, and should not create redness on the skin. A thin blanket can be placed on the chest wall for comfort.</p><p>Be careful not to percuss over your baby’s spine, breastbone, stomach or ribs as this can injure your baby.</p><div class="asset-2-up"> <figure> <span class="asset-image-title">Cupped hand position</span><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_CuppedHands_Position02_IMG1546.jpg" alt="Slightly cupped hand with palm facing down" /></figure><figure><span class="asset-image-title">Palm cups</span><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PosturalDrainage_PalmCups.jpg" alt="Two palm cups used for percussions" /></figure></div><h3>Expiratory vibrations </h3> <figure> <span class="asset-image-title">Flat hand</span><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_CuppedHands_Position01_IMG1475.jpg" alt="flat hand with palm facing down" /></figure> <p>Vibrations are used to help gently shake the mucus so it can move from the smaller airways into the larger airways as a baby exhales.</p><p>To perform vibrations, place your baby in one of the MPD positions that your baby’s physiotherapist recommended. Then, using a flat hand the caregiver places a firm hand on the chest wall over the lung segment of focus. </p><p>The caregiver tenses the muscles of the arm and shoulder to create fine oscillatory movements (vibrations) combined with compression of the baby's chest wall during exhalation. The vibrations should be performed in the direction of rib movement. Exhalation should be as slow and as complete as possible. </p><h2>Positioning and target area </h2><p>For the following lung segments refer to the inset picture. These pictures show the correct positions for CPT. In the diagrams, shaded areas indicate hand placement where the chest should be percussed or vibrated. A physiotherapist may prescribe only specific segments, or all of them, depending on your baby's needs. </p><p> <strong>Note</strong>: All positions outlined below can be done either on a flat surface, such as a bed, or on your lap. This depends on your baby’s age, comfort and needs, as well as how comfortable you feel. </p><div class="pdf-page-break"></div><div class="akh-series"><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_Infant_P02_UpperLobe_AnteriorSegment.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Upper lobe – anterior segments</h3><p>Position your baby flat on their back and treat between their collarbone and nipple. Avoid treatment over breastbone in the centre.</p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_Infant_P03_UpperLobe_RightPosteriorSegment.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Upper lobe – right posterior segment</h3><p>With the baby positioned flat on their stomach, place a rolled flannel blanket under the right side of their chest in order to elevate it slightly. Treat over their right shoulder blade. Avoid treating over the spine.</p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_Infant_P04_UpperLobe_LeftPosteriorSegment.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Upper lobe – left posterior segment</h3><p>With the baby positioned on their stomach, place 2 pillows or a blanket under the left side of their chest in order to elevate it 45 degrees. You can also wrap a rolled flannel blanket around your baby to help elevate and support them. Treat over their left shoulder blade. Avoid treatment over the spine.</p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_Infant_P05_MiddleLobe.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Right middle lobe</h3><p>Position your baby on their left side at a ¾ turn toward their back. Place a rolled blanket behind your baby for them to lean against and stop them from rolling completely onto their back. Treat close to the right armpit over nipple line. </p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_Infant_P05_Lingula.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Lingula (middle of left lung)</h3><p>Position your baby on their right side at a ¾ turn toward their back. Place a rolled blanket behind your baby for them to lean against and stop them from rolling completely onto their back. Treat close to the left armpit over nipple line. </p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_Infant_P06_LowerLobe_AnteriorSegment.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Lower lobe – anterior segments </h3><p>Position your baby flat on their back, with a rolled blanket placed under their legs. Treat over their ribs, about two fingers above the lower edge of the ribcage. Avoid treating over the stomach and very lowest ribs.</p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_Infant_P07_LowerLobe_LateralSegment.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Lower lobe – lateral segments</h3><p>Position your baby on their right side, using blankets to support them. Treat over their left side, about two fingers above the lower edge of their ribcage. To treat the right side, place your baby on their left side. </p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_Infant_P08a_LowerLobe_PosteriorSegment.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Lower lobe – posterior segments </h3><p>Lay your baby flat on their stomach. Treat over their ribs, about two fingers above the lower edge of their ribcage. Avoid treating over the spine. </p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PD_Infant_P08b_LowerLobe_PosteriorSegment.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Lower lobe – posterior segments (alternative option) </h3><p>Depending on their condition, some babies are not able to lie flat on their stomachs. For these babies, have them lie as far over onto their stomach as possible, with a blanket rolled up under their left side and wrapped between their legs and behind them, to stop them from lying completely flat. </p></div></div></div> <br> <div class="pdf-page-break"></div><h3>When should you stop CPT? </h3><p>If your infant develops increased work of breathing, stop routine CPT and seek assistance from your health-care provider. CPT could make these symptoms worse, and an assessment from a physician, nurse practitioner or trained health-care professional is needed to determine if this treatment is indicated. </p><div class="pdf-page-break"></div> <h2>Suctioning </h2><p>Suctioning is a procedure that helps to clear mucus from the airway when a baby or child cannot cough effectively.</p><p>If your baby has a complex condition which could require suctioning, talk to your baby’s health-care team before performing this procedure. Suctioning requires special equipment and very specific training for safety. </p><p>For more information on suctioning, please see <a href="/article?contentid=3850&language=english">Secretions and suctioning: General knowledge</a>.</p><h2>Cough assist </h2><p>If your baby has been prescribed a <a href="/article?contentid=2447&language=english">cough assist machine</a>, talk to their physiotherapist to learn if this can be used in combination with your baby’s regular pulmonary clearance routine.</p><p>For more information on cough assist machines, please see <a href="/article?contentid=2447&language=english">Cough assist machine: How it helps to clear mucus from the lungs</a>.</p>Cardiopulmonary physiotherapy treatment (CPT) in a baby (0-12 months)False