2. Poor reflexes
The body has many reflex actions that are governed by the brain. Breathing, sound response, and response to touch are just a few common reflexes. Fetus and babies that suffer from Anencephaly have extremely poor or non-existent reflexes. Anencephaly often results in large parts of the brain not developing which is the cause of poor reflex responses in these cases.
Most Anencephaly fetuses do not develop a forebrain or a cerebrum while the rest of the brain tissue stays exposed. Because these areas of the brain either don’t form or only partially form, many of these fetuses have little to no sight, sense of touch or even a sense of pain.
In cases where an Anencephaly patient survives past birth, their natural reflexes often never develop. There are rare cases where Anencephaly patients survive, however reflexes remain stunted or poorly developed due to lack of proper brain matter.