What are primitive reflexes in infants? Primitive reflexes are inherent from birth through infancy, playing a pivotal role in the development of fundamental skills like rolling, crawling, and visual tracking.

Retained reflexes may be caused by:

  • C-sections
  • Birth Trauma
  • Chronic Ear Infections
  • Lack of Tummy Time
  • Delayed or Skipped Crawling

Identifying Retained Reflexes in Infants

Retained reflexes manifest through an array of symptoms, some of which may be present with retention while others may not. Symptoms often improve with appropriate occupational therapy treatment.

  • Moro: Poor impulse control, hypersensitivity, sensory overload
  • Asymmetrical Tonic Neck (ATNR): Poor handwriting, poor visual tracking, poor depth perception
  • Symmetric Tonic Neck (STNR): Difficulty sitting in chair, W-sitting, delayed crawling
  • Tonic Labyrinthe (TLR): Poor balance, poor posture, spatial impairments
  • Spinal Galant: Bed wetting, poor attention, increased fidgeting
Primitive Reflexes in infant and babies-Occupational therapy
Primitive Reflexes in infant and babies-Occupational therapy

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If you suspect your child may be struggling with retained reflexes, our pediatric occupational therapy services in Farmington Hills, Michigan, are here to help. Schedule an evaluation today to explore potential treatment options and support your child’s development journey.

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