Retained Landau Reflex

The Landau Reflex helps a child develop proper posture. It develops a few months after birth and should be integrated by about 12 months. When holding an infant in the air, stomach down his/her legs will arch up if the head is up, and drop down if the head is lowered.

Should this reflex remain it can affect posture, motor skill, and lead to memory issues later on.


Test for Landau Reflex

Have the child lay flat on the floor, face down with arms straight out in front. Have the child lift their upper body and arms off the ground while keeping the top of their feet on the floor.

If they struggle to keep both feet flat on the florr the reflex is most likely still present.


  • Low Muscle Tone
  • Poor Posture
  • Poor Motor Development
  • Short Term Memory Difficulty.
  • Tension in the back of legs, toe walker.
  • Lack of Stimulation in the pre frontal cortex causing attention, organization and concentration problems.
  • Weak upper body
  • Difficulty swimming the breast stroke.
  • Struggles to do a summersault. Knees buckle when head tucks under.
  • Even if they don’t display any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to do the quick test on them, as there may be other functions that are affected by it that are still unknown.