Monday, November 7, 2011

Moro Reflex

What is Moro Reflex?

It is also known as the "Startle Reflex". Basically, it's because this kind of reflex on babies make them startle. It is involuntary and is present until the baby reaches 3 to 6 months old. It's caused by hearing loud noises from the environment or if the baby feels that he/she is falling. When Moro reflex is absent in a newborn, be worried because it may indicate an abnormality, an injury or a disease. 

*Have you ever experienced sleeping and dreaming that you're on the edge of a cliff and you suddenly wake up and thought you're really falling from a high place? Well, that's exactly what babies feel. Only more often.*

Photo from Google images

The infant will have a "startled" look and the arms will fling out sideways with the palms up and the thumbs flexed. 

This is the only reflex I hate on babies. It disturbs their sleep and makes them cry more. As for my baby LA, this reflex is extra strong. Just the thought of putting him down from my arms makes him startle. He starts to grab my shirt and wake up. Sometimes, at the middle of his sleep, he'll startle continuously which makes him cry louder than usual. 

Tips on how to avoid startling

Swaddle your baby. This works for us especially during his night sleep. It simply makes him feel that he's still inside my tummy with a limited space to move around. You may ask the nurses while you're still at the hospital to teach you how to swaddle your baby. On my case, I searched an instructional video from YouTube to help me out. Click here to watch how to swaddle.

This is how I swaddle baby LA.

♥ Use pillows to restrict movement. I guess almost all babies have their body pillows. Use these pillows to keep your baby in a tight area were his/her movement will be minimal.

♥ Hug your baby. Babies love the warmth from your body. It makes them feel secured and safe. Once you see your baby's starting to get shocked or startled, hold their hands and tap their leg/thigh to get them back to sleep. 

Baby LA with his Daddy

♥ young mommy, Lolly


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