Neonatal reflexes, also called ‘Primitive’ reflexes are vital during a baby’s development in the womb and in the early stages of life. For example, these reflexes are vital in helping a baby during the process of birth itself and with breast-feeding.

As a child develops and matures normally, these reflexes become integrated, in a specific order as the higher brain takes over. However, sometimes, problems such as birth trauma and poor sensory motor integration can cause these Neonatal reflexes to be integrated incorrectly or retained too long, causing difficulties or deficiencies in many areas of a child’s life, limiting potential and adversely affecting development and behaviour as well as their ability to learn at school.

Symptoms of Retained Neonatal Reflexes (RNR)

The symptoms vary, depending on the number of retained neonatal reflexes a child has. There is an excellent explanation of each individual reflex and the sort of problems retention can lead to here (

Please contact us on 03 9095 7990 if you have concerns about your child, we can arrange for an informal chat to discuss your child’s specific problems and to explain the principles and process of RNR treatment here at Eastland Family Chiropractic.

Children with RNR may:

  • Have a diagnosis of low muscle tone, or Dyspraxia, experiencing problems with both fine and gross motor skills.
  • Have sensory perception problems affecting sight, hearing or touch.
  • Have problems with understanding or being able to express themselves
  • Have social or behavioural problems
  • Have problems with neurotransmitter or hormone balance

At Eastland Family Chiropractic, children receiving RNR treatment undergo a series of sessions using very specific techniques to properly integrate these retained reflexes and help each child to develop to his or her full potential.  So please do not delay if you have concerns about your child, the sooner we can begin to help with RNR, the better the outcome.