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refers to an innate neonatal reflex whereby infants open their mouths and twist their heads in response to pressure placed on their palms. [Boris Petrovich Babkin (1877

BABKIN REFLEX: "The baby opened his or her mouth and twisted his or her head when his or her mother placed pressure on his or her palms - thus demonstrating the Babkin reflex."

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