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how to tell whether a toddler is left handed or right handed?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Hand dominance: hand dominance does not sevlop until 2-3 years of age, a
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Right or left: Generally by age 3-4 years but often preschool or kindergarten. Hope this helps.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
To soon to tell: Any kid who shows hand preference as a toddler is abnormal. It would be a sign to me the kid has a form of cerebral palsy and uses his/her better hand.By the time they get to 4 or so you will see most have selected a preference. A few never do.

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Last updated Jun 2, 2016

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