Saturday, July 13 2019
Do you know what the Moro Reflex is? You are about to find out.
Mother Nature sends babies off with many built-in reflexes. For instance, you don’t need to teach your baby to breathe or suck, these are behaviors your baby comes into the world already knowing like a pro. The Moro reflex is another well-designed behavior that doesn’t need to be learned and will eventually be forgotten, around 3 - 4 months of age.
This is often referred to as the startle reflex, which is an involuntary
When the moro reflex is triggered, the sudden unexpected jolt causes your baby to throw out his arms in front of him like a cheerleader and then come together in a great big hug. The Moro reflex is considered a life-saving primitive instinct that made it easier for a mommy-animal to catch her falling baby.
But here’s the thing…the thing that makes us talk about the Moro reflex. This reflex might be life-saving for baby monkeys, but it can cause our little monkeys to wake up just when you need them to sleep.
Checking for the Moro reflex is part of the well-baby exam because it provides a lot of vital information about your baby’s neurologic and musculoskeletal systems. For instance, if your baby doesn’t throw out both arms, a fractured clavicle or nerve injury, amongst other things, needs to be considered.
Isn’t Mother Nature brilliant? Cool, right? Does the Moro reflex disturb your baby’s sleep?