Babies are born with several automatic reflexes and these are tested to make sure that your baby's nervous system is in full working order.
.When the doctor comes to check your baby's reflexes, he will check that the baby:
Sucks on a finger that is put in his/her mouth - the sucking reflex
Turns his head and opens his mouth as if to feed when his cheek is stroked - the rooting reflex
Grasps tightly onto a finger that is put into his hand - the grasping reflex
Shoots out his arms and legs if something startles him - the startle or ‘Moro’ reflex
Makes walking movements with his legs when he is held under his arms in an upright position with his feet on a firm surface - the stepping reflex