What is the Moro reflex?

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What is the moro reflex? Sometimes refereed to as the startle reflex, the moro reflex is an involuntary reaction in infants that involves the sudden splaying of the arms and legs.

The extending of the fingers, followed by bringing the arms back in close to the body and it is usually accompanied by crying. There are a number of triggers for the moro reflex, but the most common ones are:

1.) Sudden movement.

2.) Loud noises.

3.) Abrupt changes in lighting.

4.) Babies can even startle themselves.

Now there is nothing to worry about, it's a completely natural reflex which is healthy for your baby and it shows that their nervous system is working correctly.

Now the down side of the moro reflex is that it can wake your baby up, even when they are fast asleep but it does usually end by the time your baby is 3 to 6 months old.