Neural Abnormal Exam - Newborn behaviour

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This is a 3 weeks old infant.
  • When the exam begins, he has his eyes closed and appears to be in a drowsy state.
  • Within a few seconds he transitions to an awake state and maintains eye opening but his movements are not vigorous.
  • He responds to light and sound and has some habituation.
  • One has to decide if this is just a sleepy baby or if this baby’s mental status is abnormal.
  • His lack of spontaneous facial and extremity movement is abnormal although he has grimace to light so he has reflexive movements.



Newborn Abnormal Links: behaviour | cranial nerves | Newborn Tone - resting posture | upper extremity‎ | arm traction | arm recoil | scarf sign | hand position | lower extremity | leg traction‎ | leg recoil‎‎ | popliteal angle‎ | heel to ear | neck tone | head lag‎ | head control | Newborn Positions - prone | ventral suspension | vertical suspension | Newborn Reflexes - deep tendon reflexes | plantar reflex‎ | suck, root | Moro | Galant | stepping‎ | grasp | Newborn Head - head shape and sutures‎ | head circumference‎


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Cite this page: Hill, M.A. (2019, March 26) Embryology Neural Abnormal Exam - Newborn behaviour. Retrieved from https://embryology.med.unsw.edu.au/embryology/index.php/Neural_Abnormal_Exam_-_Newborn_behaviour

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