Getting to know the rooting reflex

Getting to know the rooting reflex

Babies are born with the rooting reflex to help with latching and feeding. Here’s how it works.

Understanding the rooting reflex?
The rooting reflex occurs when the corner of Your Child’s mouth is stroked or touched. Your little one will then turn the head and open the mouth to follow and “root” in the direction of the stroking. This reflex allows Your Child to locate the breast or bottle during feeding. It is present at birth and lasts until 3 or 4 months.

What are reflexes?
Newborn reflexes are reactions that babies are born with. These reflexes indicate that Your Child’s senses and brain are working properly. All reflexes occur at a specific age and will disappear naturally as the baby grows.


Dr. Piyawut Kreetapirom, MD. (31 March 2021)


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