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What is the extrusion reflex in babies and what happens if it is not lost


Reflexes are nothing more than the voluntary and automatic response that our body has when it is stimulated in a certain way. I explain all this to you because when it is born, a baby has reflexes that are normal. Some persist for life (being normal), while others disappear according to age (which is also normal) and extrusion reflection It is one of them. It usually disappears when the baby begins to spoon-feed, but what happens when, after reaching six months of age, the baby still has this reflex?

It is very curious to understand the perfection with which our body works, and although it is true that there is a logical explanation for everything, many times due to ignorance we do not know what things are normal and which can be an alarm sign in our little ones.

He extrusion reflection is one who, once the baby is offered something in the mouth, exerts regular movements with his tongue trying to push out what has been introduced, either an object or food (something like trying to get something out of his mouth aided by the tongue).

This reflex is found in all babies and normally disappears around six months of age, its disappearance being totally normal and necessary to make way for the start of complementary feeding, that is, for a baby to start feeding differently from breast milk or infant formula, you must meet this requirement.

Complementary feeding is nothing more than adding to feeding with breast milk or formula, foods that are safe and appropriate for a baby around six months of age, but this implies a series of requirements such as:

- That I manage to sit with support.

- Have active interest in food.

- That can grab objects or food with your hand and be able to bring them to your mouth.

- The disappearance of the extrusion reflex, which is the goal of this article.

It is important that you know what this reflex is about, because many moms often say when starting complementary feeding this famous phrase 'I think he does not like food, because he pushes it with his tongue and throws it away', when really what he is What happens is that the extrusion reflex has not lost it, it is still active, and it may turn out that this baby is not neurologically prepared yet to receive foods other than breast milk and / or infant formula.

It is very important to know and know this reflex that, as said facts, does not disappear until the baby is five or six months old, especially in those children who have been told to start feeding at four months of age, since In the first place, your body is not prepared at the intestinal, renal or neurological level; and, worse still, they are trying to replace the milk feeds, which is the only thing they need for this age and up to six months exclusively.

But what if the baby has already reached six months of age and still has this extrusion reflex? Can you start complementary feeding? I tell you that each baby should be treated individually, because not all children are born at exactly the same weeks.

There are babies that are born premature and other postterm ones and the abilities and motor development are different according to it, so don't worry if your baby is six months old and this reflection is still with him. It is simply a signal by which your body is indicating that it is not yet fully developed to accept other foods than milk.

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