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Worth Repeating: Infant Reflexes: What They Are and When They Are Normal

Editor’s Note:  This article was written for parents and caregivers.  Is it an excellent resource to share with the guardians of your kiddos.
[Source:  North Shore Pediatric Therapy]
There are a number of reflexes that your infant will exhibit. Some children develop reflexes during gestation and they go away shortly after birth. Other children may not develop until later in their life and the reflexes may remain forever. Reflexes that do not develop on time or reflexes that do not integrate (go away) at the appropriate age may impact your child’s development. In addition, it can also be a sign of neurological problems, therefore, it is a good idea to know what they are and when they are considered normal. Below is a list of important early infant reflexes and the time-frame in which you can expect to see them.
Sucking-swallowing reflex: When a finger is placed in the child’s mouth, the infant will reflexively begin to suck in a rhythmical pattern:

  • Starts: 28 weeks gestation
  • Integrates: 3 months

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