The Moro Reflex is an early infantile survival reflex, caused by a threatening situation. The pediatrician Ernst Moro discovered and named the reflex after himself.
Cause of the Moro Reflex is a sudden stimulus frightening children. Babies open their mouth, breathe in fiercely, move their arms and straddle their fingers. Afterwards, they breathe out, move their arms back to the body and clench their fists.
This course of movement proceeds rapidly. For instance, it enables sucklings to take the the first breath after birth. History also shows that the Moro Reflex grants sucklings a secure hold at their mother’s fur if danger occurs. You can notice this reflex while observing primates.
The startle response normally replaces Moro Reflex during neuronal development in the second to fourth month. Persistence of the Moro Reflex is perceived after the 4th or 5th months. These children are often jumpy and sleep very anxiously. They often wake up at night because of th reflex.
Moro Reflex in adulthood is actually observable, too. The persistence of the Moro Reflex in childhood is especially unpleasant and leaves the growing person concerned with many questions. This results in distortion of perception and, at long last, in anxiety, disorder of coordination, balance problems, photosensitivity and eyestrain. You can ascribe recurring infections in the ENT (ear-nose-throat) area to persistent the Moro Reflex.
Wrap your baby tightly with a soft blanket or the NONOMO® swaddle if it suffers from persistent Moro Reflex. By this, you can avoid uncontrolled startle response while your baby is sleeping at night.
Many babies don’t startle if they are close to their parents and in motion, e.g. when they are carried or in the NONOMO® Swinging Hammock.
Being limited in space of movement reminds many babies of being inside the womb and the granted security. So, many babies calm down when they are wrapped with a swaddle.