Does your child seem anxious, moody or over-reactive?
June 21, 2016
If your child seems to be anxious, moody, distracted, or in a heightened state of awareness, there may not be anything that's troubling them; they may have retained childhood reflexes.
Difficulty coordinating their limbs (poor catching and kicking skills), lack of concentration, impulsive behaviour and being easily startled, are all further signs that your child may have some retained reflexes.
What does this mean?
Your child is born with primitive reflexes, such as a startle (Moro) response, a rooting reflex for feeding and a palmar reflex (as if to grasp an object). These reflexes are integrated and lost as various stages of development in a child's life. However, if your child exhibits some of the symptoms mentioned above, they may not have undergone this process and may show signs of being overreactive to stimuli.
What can you do?
You can test for the possibility of a retained Moro reflex by having your child balance on one leg with arms out to the side while they switch from one leg to the other. If they wobble or fall, they may have a retained reflex.
If you have any concerns about your child's development or their response to their environment, you can ask an osteopath for advice.
Osteopaths don't treat behavioural issues as such. But we can help identify underlying developmental issues by testing for retained reflexes and we can give you exercises to help your child integrate and develop.
If you have any questions, just ask.
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