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its head toward things that touch its cheek. Movement of legs when held upright with feet touching the floor. Infant’s tendency to paddle and kick in a sort of swimming motion when lying face down in a body of water. Activated when support for the neck and head is suddenly removed. The arms of the infant are thrust outward and then appear to grasp onto something. An infant fans out its toes in response to a stroke on the outside of its foot. An infant, in response to a sudden noise, flings out its arms, arches its back, and Rapid shutting and opening of eye on exposure to direct light. Infant’s tendency to suck at things that touch its lips. An infant’s reflex to clear its throat. Possible Function Food intake
Prepares infants for independent locomotion. Avoidance of danger
Similar to primates’ protection from falling
Remains in different form. Remains Remains Remains
Eye-blink Sucking Gag
Protection of eye from directly light Food intake Prevents choking.