The gift of bringing new life is almost magical in many ways, and the gifts themselves manage to fascinate us always to this day. New-born show us the fragility and the strength of life and the mysteries that come with it. Among several other exclusive mental and physical behaviors that they show, some are always curious such as the clenching of their tiny fists. Many mothers are often concerned and others just curious as to why babies tend to keep their fists clutches all the time. They do let it free sometimes, but almost immediately go back to clenching it again. Read below to see how this oddity is explained.
This trait is a primal one; it is fascinating. It is so fascinating that there is an exclusive term for it- the Palmar Grasp. The Palmar grasp, as any child specialist in Chandigarh or just about anywhere, can tell you, is a reflex. This reflex is what is responsible for babies and newly born to clench their fists tight. This grip is tight, almost too tight. Sometimes, all you need to do is to place your finger in a baby’s palm, and he or she will immediately hold on to it to the point you can’t pull it away!
Why does this happen?
After study and observation, some scientists say that this reflex is due to evolution. We trace it back to the behavior of monkeys. As many know, the evolutionary theory suggests that humans evolved from apes, our ancestors. More specifically, we are said to have evolved from upright and walking apes called the Sahelanthropus. How does this evolution tie in with a human baby’s tiny grasp? Well, apes did not have pouches to carry their babies in. This meant that, in order not to be left for dead or behind, baby apes had to hold on to their mother’s skin firmly, for their lives.
But why is it such a tight grip?
Apes weren’t animals that walked on two legs in a dignified and appropriate fashion. An ape’s life consisted of jumping, running, and a myriad of dangerous positions to be in, including dangling off of trees. This means that babies had to be holding on to their dear lives throughout all that jumping and swinging. In order to survive, they had to develop a strong and vice-like grip so as to ensure their own well-being along with their mothers. Moreover, sticking together, literally in times of danger, greatly benefited baby apes as they were not fully motor-developed.
It is rather fascinating to know that this is the same primal instinct that has been passed on to us, humans. We observe this even when babies are in dire NICU situations. In the wild, baby apes did not have the means to take care of themselves and relied on their mothers, and much is the same with humans; therefore, provide the best healthcare to your infant with the best child doctor in Chandigarh you can find.