Neonatal Reflexes

 Reflex Stimulation Infants Response Development Patterns
 Blinking Flash of light puff of air Closes both eyes  Permanent
 Babinski Stroke sole of foot Twists foot, fans out toes Disappears 9 months to one year
Moro Loud noise, being dropped Arches back and throws out arms and legs, then closes Disappears after 3 to 4 months
 Grasping  Palms touched  Grasp tightly Weakens after 3 months, disappears after 1 year 
 Rooting  Cheeks stroked or side of mouth touched  Turns head, opens mouth and begins sucking  Disappears after 3 to 4 months
Stepping   Infants held above surface and feet lowered to touch surface  Moves feet as if to walk  Disappears after 3 to 4 months
 Sucking  Object touching mouth  Sucks automatically  Disappears after 3 to 4 months
 Swimming  Infant put face down in water  Makes coordinating swimming movements  Disappears after 6 to 7 months
 Tonic Neck  Infant placed on back  Forms fist with hands and makes a “fencers” pose  Disappears after 2 months

 

Developmental psychology. 2010. Infant Development: Infant Reflexes. Retrieved October 22, 2010 from http://www.mesacc.edu/dept/d46/psy/dev/Fall98/Infant/Infant.html

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