Retained neonatal reflexes... What should we know?

The body is a complex system. In the womb and during early life the body’s brainstem has several reflexes called ‘primitive’ or ‘neonatal’ reflexes. In fact there are 70 known primary reflexes. These reflexes occur during the life stages when the decision making process has not fully developed. In simple terms, a baby's initial movements will be reflex-based and those movements are predictable, repetitive, and subject to specific incoming stimulus.These reflexes help us grow properly and safely. As one matures, these reflexes are no longer needed and the higher brain takes control. It is an essential stage for normal development allowing one to perform more complex tasks. However, as a res

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