As promised we are going to talk about the sympathetic nervous system. This is the heart of what I focus on in my practice. It is important in human physiology for us to understand the sympathetic nervous system.
In the first four months after a baby is born, the moro reflex is in control. It is responsible for helping get a baby’s nervous system integrated as quickly as possible. When a baby comes into the world, they see in 2D not 3D. A baby only picks up low frequency sounds and there is still quite a bit of neurology that must be activated. During those first four months the moro reflex, that sympathetic nervous system, is helping the baby pay attention to its environment.
All of these triggers are through the baby’s special senses: through their eyes, ears, nose, mouth, taste, and touch. These act as electrical circuits coordinating and turning on a baby’s brain, connecting the outside world to the inside world. The stimulation that this reflex brings about is triggering the baby to pay attention to everything that is in its environment so the baby can become more neurologically integrated.
If this reflex does not integrate around four months then that means that the heightened sympathetic response is now starting to take over the baby’s neurology. This could be a colicky baby, or a baby having a hard time latching from a tongue tie. These things would keep their stress response heightened which would keep the moro reflex going. There are many reasons why a child’s neurological development can get interrupted and keep this particular reflex heightened.
It can be something that happens from the very beginning but then it can also be something that is triggered back up because a person endures too much stress over a long period of time. Stress can be emotional, mechanical, or chemical. There are many reasons why the stress response is turned on. Some stress is healthy to our system. If it continues and it becomes chronic stress it changes the real estate in our brain and that will be what the brain thinks we are.
This is an ongoing educational process so we look forward to having you watch our other videos on the topic of the sympathetic nervous system.