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The parachute reflex is a primitive reflex. It is a variation of the Moro reflex and occurs in slightly older infants. It is apparent when you hold a child upright and then rotate their body quickly face forward (as if falling). If the motor nerve development is normal, the infant at 4 to 6 months will extend the arms, hands, and fingers on both sides of the body in a protective movement as if to break a fall, even though this reflex appears long before the baby walks

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