One of the most adorable things anyone wishes to experience is having a newly born baby tight its hand around your finger.
This is very common amongst newly born babies, but very few people actually know what causes it and what it is generally, so we are going to examine the facts about this grasp.
In this article in line with a publication on Healthline, we are going to have a look at the reason why babies hold your finger tightly whenever you touch their hands.
This grasp is so cute and adorable that it can melt your heart as a mother or parent, but if you have been wondering what it is, this piece would serve as an enlightenment.
What is This Condition Called?
It is known as the palmer grasp and it is an involuntary response, which means that the newly born baby is not controlling it.
The grasp is actually strong enough to hold the baby’s weight especially when it’s newly born.
If you want to initiate this reflex or grasp, then you can just lay your baby on the bed, facing upwards and place your pinkie finger in its hand and see how tightly the baby will cling to the finger.
This palmer grasp starts even before the baby is born at about 16 weeks into gestation and it is perfectly healthy and normal for every baby.
When a baby is newly born, it doesn’t have any voluntary brain action.
So even the reflex is totally involuntary and as such, there is nothing your baby can do about it.
But when the baby gets to 6 months, voluntary action will start or commence and then the reflex action will then stop.
So enjoy the palmer grasp as much as you can.