Neural Exam - Newborn normal behaviour

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This 5-day-old infant is in the alert, quiet state.
  • He has spontaneous movements, which have a smooth flowing quality to them and are not excessive, jerky or asymmetric.
  • He seems to be attentive to the environment.
  • He makes attempts to organize and comfort himself by sucking on his fists, which is a favorable behavioral response.
  • When a bright light is directed towards his eyes he has a definite response, which consists of blinking and avoiding the light.
  • With repeated stimulus there is habituation, a diminished response to the stimulus.
  • He responds to sound by quieting and even turning is head and eyes toward the sound.
  • The above observations are the baby equivalent to the adult mental status exam.

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