stepping reflex

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stepping reflex

[′step·iŋ ‚rē‚fleks]
(physiology)
A reflex response of the newborn and young infant, characterized by alternating stepping movements with the legs, as in walking, elicited when the infant is held upright so that both soles touch a flat surface while the infant is moved forward to accompany any step taken.
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Moving the head can produce primitive reflexes, so the patient's head should be kept in the midline and can be gently cradled with the operator's forearms and hands during treatment.
The neurologic deficits occurred primarily in complex motor sequencing, primitive reflexes, and motor coordination, and were dominant regardless of the nature or severity of psychotic symptoms in the subjects.
Suggestive clinical features include mood lability with outbursts of rage, lack of initiative, psychomotor retardation, presence of primitive reflexes, muscle rigidity, dysarthria, and urinary incontinence.