From the moment baby is born, they have incredible range of skills and reflexes which help her to survive. If all reflexes are normal then baby’s nervous system is functioning well. In this article Baby reflexes are explained.
Sucking, rooting and swallowing reflex:
Your baby’s most basic reflex is sucking, which she will have practiced in the womb. She will also instinctively turn her head towards the touch of breast or finger on her cheek, near her mouth as she searches for food this is known as rooting. Swallowing is also a reflex action.
- Startle or Moro reflex:
If your baby‘s head is not supported when she is held, she will throw out her arms and legs with her fingers extended. This reflex usually disappears at about two months.
- Protective reflexes:
She has some protective reflexes. For example, if a blanket or pillow falls over her eyes, nose or mouth, she will shake her head side to side and wave her arms to push it away so she can breathe and see. Or any object can come in front of her she will again move her head side to side.
- Neck reflexes:
When your baby’s head turns to one side, her arm on that side will straighten, with the opposite arm bent as if she is fencing. If she is crying or disturb then she may not perform it. This reflex disappears at five to seven months of age.