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PROGRESS IN PEDIATRICS |

IMPORTANCE OF CONSIDERING THE BODY MECHANICS OF CHILDREN

LUCY PORTER SUTTON, M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1925;30(4):550-557. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1925.01920160104009.
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In examining a child the physician investigates carefully the throat, the heart, the lungs and the abdominal organs. Too frequently he completely ignores the skeletal system unless there is a marked lordosis, an obviously protruberant abdomen or flat feet, When the attention has once been drawn to the question of body mechanics, it becomes evident that few children hold themselves in good position. It is my object in this paper to call attention to the necessity of considering the posture of every child, and to present reasons for this necessity.

Good body mechanics means1 that the body is maintained in such a position that there is no undue strain on any set of muscles or organs. The head is held erect with chin in: the chest is up with costal angle wide: the abdomen is held in instead of sagging down. The weight of the body is forward on

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