Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Charlene | 2009-05-21


3 week old baby

hi there,

My son seems to get startled each time there is a loud noise or movement. What can be the cause of this? I was a little stressed during my pregnancy and am concerned as it might of had a negative effect on him. Is there anything I can do to remedy the situation?

Thanking you,

Expert's Reply



This is perfectly normal and babies of this age have a normal reflex called the 'startle reflex' or 'moro reflex' which you are observing here. It has nothing to do with you being stressed during your pregnancy. This reflex will soon disappear.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-05-21

my son did the same. I don' t think it is a problem. Most babies do it. It' s not nice to see it happen. I used to play soft classical music in every room he was and that seemed to calm him and after a while he got used to all the noises.

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