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.
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Foetal reflexes should disappear after 18 weeks of pregnancy, primitive reflexes by six months after birth and infant reflexes by the time the baby is 14 months.
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