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#1 of 4 Old 03-04-2006, 11:06 AM - Thread Starter
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We tried out a new pediatrician, who turned out to be an awful man, and my poor daughter was so upset by his exam, not even sure why. He said something to me about her Moro Reflex being still present, and that it was a concern at five months old. I asked him if it could be because she was so upset and maybe tired, too, and he said yes. So I put it out of my mind. (Nevermind the fact that he referred us to an eye specialist for something that turned out to be normal. : )

Well, yesterday, my mom went to put her down when she was asleep, and there was that dang Moro Reflex again. So now I am reading that it could be a sign of neuroligical trouble. I'm already the most nervous new mom I know, and now I have something new to worry about! What do y'all think?
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The Moro reflex is when they are startled and throw their arms out and then bring them together as if to clasp something, and maybe open their eyes and cry. My child development book says it goes away in the first months of life. But even adults will throw their arms out if they feel they are falling. If someone unfamilar is holding her or she is unsecure feeling she may just be reacting to a fear or feeling of falling.(like you said someone was putting her down) As always I say go with your instinct, if you think she is ok then don't worry. If there is something that bothers you get it checked out. (but not by a dr. or anyone else you don't like) Just 'cause he made it through med. school doesn't mean he knows what he is talking about.
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Was your baby born early or have a traumatic birth? My baby kept the reflex until 9-10 weeks old. She was 4 weeks early and also got very sick weeks later. From what I have read its supposed to disappear in the first few weeks of life.

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My baby is 3 and a half months old and still shows the Moro reflex occasionally. My DH has a very pronounced cough, and when she's snoozing with me after nursing, it will startle her. Heck, it will startle me! I think there is nothing wrong with still having the reflex as long as it happens when something startles them. Not every baby's nervous system develops at the same rate, and I'm sure both your babe and mine are just fine.
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