Infancy Devolvement: Reflexes in Babies: When Parents Should be ConcernedHealthy infants are born with natural reflexes, these reflexes are essential to them.
Reflexes are involuntary actions and movements. Some reflexes are spontaneous and others are just the reaction to a certain action or a situation. The rooting reflex starts right away, if something or someone strokes the baby’s corner of their mouth they will start turning their head to feel for a nipple or a bottle. An additional vital reflex is the sucking reflex. Babies in fact develop this reflex while in utero. The reflex starts around 32 weeks and is fully developed at 36 weeks. This reflex makes it possible for babies to nurse to get nourishment. Babies also use this sucking reflex to suck on their hands or thumb.
The Moro reflex is when a baby throws back his or her arms and tucks in their legs and will usually cry as if they were startled. This reflex is thought to have developed from evolution when infants being carried by their mothers would do this in fear of falling, in hopefulness of grabbing onto their mothers. There are plenty of other newborn reflexes as well, like the Babinski reflex, which is when the babies foot is pushed and the big toe bends up towards the baby and the toes fan out. There are many reflexes of newborns and baby and these reflexes are an important signal that the nervous system is developing properly.
Many of these reflexes will go away as the baby gets older.As stated in this article, research has been done proving that’s some children’s reflexes don’t integrate. This being said, these children deal with many different issues.
Some of the issues include academic, motor control and even coronation. These children deal with sensory issues that impact their lives a great deal. There are different reasons why some children don’t integrate naturally and this article suggests it could possibly lack time spent during certain milestones. Also, it could be from an accident or some sort of trauma.
White, Brittany. “Reflexes in Babies: When Parents Should be Concerned.” Washington Parent, Mar. 2015, www.washingtonparent.com/articles/1503/1503-reflexes-in-babies-when-parents-should-be-concerned.php.