7 Reflexes a Newborn Should Have

7 Reflexes a Newborn Should Have

7 Reflexes a Newborn Should Have


Reflexes are movements that are involuntary in nature or not stung. Baby reflexes are usually in the form of movements that are spontaneous and occur in daily baby activities. In addition, there is also a reflex which is indeed a response from a given stimulus.

Good nay reflexes signify normal baby's nerve and brain activity. Some reflexes are only found at certain times in the baby's development. The reflex can later disappear by itself when the baby reaches a certain age.

What are the reflexes of a newborn baby?

Reflexes that occur in newborns are called primitive reflexes. What kind of reflexes occur in newborns? Let's discuss one by one.

1. Rooting reflex

This reflex occurs when you touch the edge of your baby's mouth. The baby will follow the direction of the touch while opening his mouth. This helps the baby when he wants to suckle. This reflex appears from birth and lasts up to 3-4 months.

2. Sucking reflex

When the baby's upper or palate is touched, the baby will start sucking. Sucking reflexes begin to appear at 32 weeks of gestation and become perfect at 36 weeks of gestation. Therefore, premature babies usually cannot suck well.

3. Moro reflex

Moro reflexes usually appear when the baby is shocked. When your baby is surprised, for example because of the noise or sudden movements, the baby will reflex. The baby will do the movement by lengthening the arms and bending his legs. This reflex appears from birth and lasts up to 4 months.

4. Asymmetric tonic neck reflex

When the baby's head looks to one side, he will extend the arm on the same side. Conversely, the arm on the opposite side will be bent. This reflex appears from birth and lasts up to the age of 2 months.

5. Grasping reflex (palmar grasp reflex)

The holding reflex in the baby appears when you touch the palm of his hand. The baby will close his fingers like a grasping motion. This reflex appears from birth and lasts up to 3-4 months.

6. Babinski reflexes

Babinski reflexes appear when you scratch your baby's feet. Your baby's thumb will point up and the other toes will open. This reflex lasts until the age of 2 years.

7. Stepping reflex

This reflex is also known as walking /dance reflex because the baby looks like stepping or dancing when he is positioned in an upright position with his feet touching the ground. This reflex appears from birth and is seen most clearly after 4 days of age.

What happens if the baby cannot reflex?

If the baby's reflex does not occur, it can be caused by trauma during the birth process, medication, or an illness. If you don't see any of these reflexes in your baby, take your baby to a pediatrician for further examination.

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