Neural Exam - Newborn reflexes - stepping

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Newborn-normal-behaviour.jpg</wikiflv> This 5-day-old infant is in the alert, quiet state.
  • The stepping or walking reflex is obtained by holding the baby upright over the mat with the sole of the foot touching the mat.
  • This initiates a reciprocal flexion and extension of the legs and it looks like the baby is walking.
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