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Impact of Retained Moro reflex

The Moro reflex, commonly known as the startle reflex in babies is a primitive reflex (emerges at 9 weeks in utero) that is present after birth in infants. The purpose for this reflex is to provide the baby with an internal alarm system to protect himself from danger. We see this reflex in action when the baby is startled by a noise, sudden movement or Changes in gravity as felt by the head. It consists of a sudden symmetrical movement of the arms upwards - away from the body - with opening of the hands, momentary freeze and then a gradual return of the arms across the body into a clasping posture (Sally Goddard). This reflex should slowly integrate between 2-4 months into the adult startle

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