From the moment they are born, babies normally have around nine responses, one of which is the Moro reflex.
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This is also known as the startle reaction and it occurs when a baby is quickly awakened from his sleep. The motion may appear odd and even dangerous because it is not the same way the baby regularly wakes up because he may lift his knees and raise his arms before returning to the fetal posture.
However, the Moro reflex does not suggest a problem with the baby's nervous system rather, it is a sign of a healthy nervous system. If the baby startles before waking up from his sleep it implies that his neurological system is in full working order. However, this does not guarantee that the child will enjoy waking up suddenly and it might lead to crying.
What triggers startle reflex in infants
1 Auditory: If there are any loud noises, such as a slamming door or a pot clanging, the response may be activated.
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2 The reaction can also be triggered by changes in the amount of light in the room.
3 Touch: If you're holding your infant any rapid movements such as rising up can make the child respond to reflex.
How to reduce Moro reflex in infants
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Startle reflex can be reduced if the baby feels safe and secure in the warm embrace of a blanket. You can also swaddle to increase the effect.
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This approach is much better than swaddling because the infant is always in contact with his mother or father while sleeping. This significantly lowers startle reflexes.
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Co-sleeping not only calms the infant while he sleeps, but it also allows a parent to attend to the child without losing much sleep in the middle of the night.
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