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neonatal reflexes


  1. 1. REFLEXES
  2. 2. SUCKING REFLEX If the finger or nipple placed in the infant’s mouth, the infant will suck.
  3. 3. SWALLOWING REFLEX  When liquid moves into the mouth, the tongue moves it to the back of the mouth for swallowing.
  4. 4. ROOTING REFLEX  If the cheek is stroked, the infant will turn towards the side that was stroked and begin to make sucking motions with the mouth.
  5. 5. EXTRUSION REFLEX  New born pushes tongue outward when tip of tongue is touched with finger or nipple.
  6. 6. MORO REFLEX  If the infants body is lifted slightly and released suddenly. The infant should have a “startled” look, and fling it’s arm out side ways with the palm up and the thumbs flexed.
  7. 7. ASYMMETRIC TONIC NECK REFLEX  The tonic neck reflex is elicited when the head of a relaxed child, lying supine, is rotated to the side. The arm toward which the infant is facing extends straight away from the body with the hand partially open while the arm on the side away from the face is flexed and the fist is clenched tightly. Reversing the direction in which the face is turned reverses the position.
  8. 8. PALMAR GRASP  The infant will try to grasp a finger placed in the infant’s open palm.
  9. 9. PLANTAR GRASP  If the sole of the foot is irritated with an object, the infants toes will contract.
  10. 10. BABINSKI REFLEX When the lateral aspect of the sole of the relaxed foot is stroked, the greater toe is flexed.
  11. 11. STEPPING OR DANCE REFLEX  New born will step one foot and then the other in walking motion when one foot is touched to flat surface.
  12. 12. DOLL’S EYE REFLEX  When the infants head is slowly turned, the infant’s eye will remain stationary
  13. 13. LANDAU  When an infant is held in the prone position, the entire body forms a convex upward arc.
  14. 14. LABRYINTHINE REFLEX  Tilting the head back while lying on the back causes the back to stiffen, form an arch and the legs to straighten.
  15. 15. NECK RIGHTING REFLEX  The infant will rotate the trunk in the direction in which the head of the supine infant is turned.
  16. 16. BODY RIGHTING REFLEX  The infant will rotate the head in the direction in which the body is rotated.
  17. 17. PARACHUTE REFLEX  If the child is held in the position where he is dropped forward, he will outstretch his hands. This one of the baby milestones that is protective for falling.
  18. 18. OTOLITH RIGHTING  When the infant is in an erect position causes the head to return to the upright position.
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