Newborn Baby Reflexes Study Methods

    Study Methods

    Have fun and enjoy yourselves when using these newborn baby reflexes study methods which are the most well-known.

    Proboscis reflex. When tapping on the baby’s lips with a finger there will be the reduction of the circular mouth muscles , causing the lips stretching in a proboscis shape.

    Searching reflex. When stroking the skin in the corner of the mouth (do not touch the lips) the baby lowers of the lower lip, deviates the tongue and turns of her head toward the stimulus (searching for the mother’s breast). Reflex is especially pronounced before feeding.

    Fades in 6-7 weeks, disappears by the end of the first year.

    Sucking reflex. If you put a baby’s dummy in your baby’s mouth, she begins to make active sucking movements. Satisfaction of the sucking reflex is very important for baby. If she gets breast on the first demand, she will feel secure and loved.

    Hand-mouth reflex of Babkin. Reflex is caused by pressing a finger on the baby’s palm in the thumb area eminence. The baby will open her mouth and bend her head in response. The reflex is tested on the right and left hands.

    Disappears by 3-4 months. If an infant older than 5 months still has it, you should find out the reason.

    Robinson Grasp reflex is when a baby grasps and holds firmly the fingers put in the baby’s hands. Sometimes it is possible to raise a baby over the support. The same reflex can also be caused pressing on a foot at the base of the fingers II-III, which will lead to finger bending.

    The reflex fades by 3-4 months.

    Moro reflex. This reflex is caused by various methods. Here is one of them (the most humane from our point of view). Sharply hit the table where the baby is lying, at a distance of 15-20 cm, from the head on both sides. At first, in response to this action the baby moves his hands to the sides and extends the fingers, and then returns his hands to the original position. Arms movement looks like grasping. This method is recommended to be done only for diagnostic purposes, so as not to scare the baby.

    The reflex weakens by 4 months.

    Babinski Reflex. If you move the tip of your finger along the outer edge of a foot from the heel towards the toes, they will straighten up like a fan. Physiological Babinski’s reflex is accompanied by the legs bending in the hip, knee and ankle joints.

    It is useful to do this exercise before a bath or during a game. First, move your finger along the baby’s foot so that he straightened his fingers. Then gently push on the foot at the base of the fingers II-III, and this will lead to fingers joints bending.

    Support reflex. A child is taken under the arms, the head is supported by an index finger. The main weight of the child is on your hands. When raised in such a position, the child bends his legs in all the joints. When lowered on a support, he rests against it with the whole feet; he “stands” on half bent legs with the straightened body.

    Automatic walk reflex. This reflex is the continuation of the support reflex. Child is bent slightly forward, while he is making stepping motions along the surface without accompanying it with the hands. Sometimes the legs are crossed at the lower third of the shins.

    Remember that during this activity you should support your baby’s head and his main weight must be on your hands.

    Bauer Crawling Reflex. Baby is laid on her abdomen. In this position the baby is raising her head for a few seconds and then makes crawling movements (spontaneous crawling). If you put your palm under the baby’s feet, these movements will quicken, hands will help crawling and she will start actively pushing off her feet from the support. The reflex persists up to 4 months. You can do this activity every day (baby must be at least one month old).

    Protective reflex appears when a newborn baby is laid on his tummy. With proper development, he must immediately turn his head to a side. Due to the formation of such unconscious reflex baby protects himself from lack of air in an uncomfortable position. This reflexive behavior is developed in the first hours of baby’s life.

    Galant reflex is seen when bending the baby on his back and moving a hand up along the paravertebral area (1-1.5 cm from the spine). Baby arches his back like an arc open toward the stimulus.

    This reflex disappears after the age of 3-4 months.

    Also note that such activities should be a source of positive emotions for the baby. If any exercise is uncomfortable for her, it is better to postpone it for a while.


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