Let's Get to Know the Kinds of Newborn Reflexes here

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Let's Get to Know the Kinds of Newborn Reflexes here
Let's Get to Know the Kinds of Newborn Reflexes here

Newborns have reflex movements that appear to certain stimuli. Maybe you have noticed some of your little one's movements. One of them is the grasping motion when Mother puts her finger on her hand

Newborn reflexes or also called primitive reflexes are spontaneous movements that are naturally carried out by babies when they get a certain stimulus. These movements appear since the baby is born and will disappear by itself as he gets older.

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7 Types of Newborn Reflexes

Good baby reflexes indicate that the baby is in good he alth, and has good nerve and brain activity. Here are some types of newborn reflexes that you can pay attention to:

1. Grasp reflex (grasp reflex)

When you touch your little one's palm, he can grip your finger very tightly. This movement is known as the grasp reflex. Generally, the grasping reflex in the hands will disappear when your little one is 5-6 months old.

This reflex movement does not only occur in the hands, but also in the feet. When you put your finger under your little one's toes, the toes will bend towards your finger as if they want to grip. Unlike the hands, this foot reflex movement only disappears at the age of 9-12 months.

2. Asymmetric tonic neck reflex

This reflex occurs when the baby is in a lying position and the head is turned. If your little one's head is turned to one side, he will extend his arms and legs on the same side and bend his arms and legs on the opposite side.

This position is often referred to as the fence position because it is similar to the position of the fencer when playing. This reflex will disappear when your little one is 5-7 months old.

3. Moro Reflex

The Moro reflex is often called the shock reflex because it usually appears when the baby is startled.

When startled by something, for example by a loud sound or sudden movement, the baby will spread his arms out with palms facing up, then pull them back. Sometimes, babies will cry too.

4. Root reflex

The Rooting reflex occurs when the corners of the baby's mouth are touched. When getting such a stimulus, the baby will turn his head, open his mouth, and be ready to suck following the direction of the stimulus.

This reflex really helps your little one to find the breast or a milk bottle when he wants to feed. The rooting reflex generally disappears when your little one is 4 months old.

5. Babinski Reflex

The Babinski reflex will appear when you rub your finger on your little one's feet from the heel, to the outside of the sole of the foot, down to the bottom of the thumb. The big toe will point up and the other toes will be exposed. This reflex will generally stay until the little one is 2 years old, but it can also disappear from the age of 1 year.

6. Sucking reflex

When the roof of the baby's mouth is touched, it will reflexively make a sucking motion. This reflex is useful for the baby's breastfeeding ability and usually begins when he is 36 weeks in the womb. This is why premature babies are less likely to suckle.

7. Stepping reflex

This reflex is also known as the walking or dance reflex, because the movement resembles a person walking or dancing. This reflex occurs when the baby's body is lifted and his feet touch a solid surface, such as the ground or floor. This reflex will disappear after your little one is 3 months old.

The seven newborn reflexes that have been described above are the baby's natural response since he was born. By paying attention to this reflex in your little one, you can also pay attention to his growth and development.

The absence of response or the appearance of an abnormal response to stimuli given to the baby can mean abnormalities in his nervous system. If you find this, immediately consult a doctor so that your little one's he alth condition can be checked more carefully.

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