Neural Exam - Newborn reflexes - grasp

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This 5-day-old infant is in the alert, quiet state.
  • Placement of the examiner’s finger in the palm of the hand or on the sole of the foot will cause flexion and grasping of the fingers or toes.
  • One should avoid touching the dorsum of the hand while eliciting the grasp reflex because stimulating the back of the hand causes a hand opening reflex to occur.
  • With the two competing reflexes, the grasp response will be incomplete or inconsistent.
  • You can actually see this happen with the baby that is being examined.
  • The grasp reflex can be reinforced by applying traction on the arm.

Neural Exam Movies: normal 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 | Neonatal Diagnosis

Movie Source - Paul D. Larsen  
Movies from the PediNeuroLogic Exam website are used by permission of Paul D. Larsen, M.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center and Suzanne S. Stensaas, Ph.D., University of Utah School of Medicine. Additional materials were drawn from resources provided by Alejandro Stern, Stern Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Kathleen Digre, M.D., University of Utah; and Daniel Jacobson, M.D., Marshfield Clinic, Wisconsin. The movies are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike 2.5 License.
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