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Three Common Reflexes of Newborns

Three Common Reflexes of Newborns

In the Moro reflex, when newborns are startled, they cry and fling their arms wide with fingers outstretched and draw up their legs.

In the rooting reflex, when either side of their mouth or lip is stroked, newborns turn their head toward that side and open their mouth. This reflex enables newborns to find the nipple.

In the sucking reflex, when an object (such as a pacifier) is placed in their mouth, newborns begin sucking immediately.