Get To Know The Development Of Basic Baby Reflexes

Development of baby reflexes

We are all born with reflexes. We do not learn how to eat or how to protect ourselves. That is a reflex. We instinctively know how to grasp a finger eat from a nipple. In this article, you will get to know all the main baby reflexes and learn how to recognize them.

MORO REFLEX

Babies respond to loud noise, sudden movement or a sensation of falling with the MORO reflex. The baby responds by tightening the body, it draws up the knees and brings his arms and fists close to the body. This reflex protects the baby from harm and is present from birth. MORO disappears when the baby feels more secure with you, approximately at the age of 6 weeks. The baby reflexes is continually checked by the pediatrician, so there is no need to worry about any abnormalities. If there is something wrong, the doctor will tell you right away.

SUCK REFLEX

The suck reflex helps the baby to eat. Babies need to suck their mommy’s nipples or the bottle’s pacifier to eat. The suck reflex is checked with a touch. The doctor uses his finger to touch the baby’s mouth.

ROOT REFLEX

The root reflex helps the baby to find his source of food. When the baby touches the nipple with his cheek, he turns his face to a nipple and starts to suck. This reflex lasts up to 4 months.

BABINSKI REFLEX

These baby reflexes occur as an attempt to protect himself from falling. It lasts up to 6 months. It happens as the baby’s feet turn in and toes flare up.

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WALKING REFLEX

It occurs if you hold the baby upright with his feet on the ground. The baby starts to move the feet as if walking. This reflex lasts until the baby is 2 months old.

TONIC NECK REFLEX

This reflex occurs when the baby lies on his back with his head turned to one side. This way the arm on which side the head is turned extends, and the other arm bends at the elbow. The reflex lasts until the baby is 6 months old.

GRASP REFLEX

We all adore the moment when the baby grasps our finger into his palm. This reflex occurs when the baby makes a fist and tries to grab a finger or object. It lasts up to 6 months old. Your pediatrician will check the baby reflexes all the time. He will know if something is wrong. You do not need to check for yourself. You will notice them without even trying.

Sources:
whattoexpect.com
urmc.rochester.edu
parenting.com

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