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When can you know if a child is right or left handed?

When can you know if a child is right or left handed?

About two years old: Most children have developed a dominant hand by age two years. It's unusual for them to do this much younger. ...Read more

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At what age can you know whether or not a child will be left or right handed? My child is 1 and so far he uses both hands equally for everything.

At what age can you know whether or not a child will be left or right handed? My child is 1 and so far he uses both hands equally for everything.

Variable: Some researchers think you can spot signs that early but i seldom see it before 2-4y. Early on most kids show equal dexterity with both hands & i worry if a kid shows too much hand preference at 1 or younger as it can be a sign of mild cerebral palsy and associated limits on the affected side. ...Read more

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My child is 12 months old and can crawl properly and stand up with support. However, she favors one hand/leg(left) over other. Is it curable?

My child is 12 months old and can crawl properly and stand up with support. However, she favors one hand/leg(left) over other. Is it curable?

Maybe: This may be a transitional (temporary) pattern as baby moves into this stage of mobility.However, preference of one hand/foot over another at this early age may reflect an injury to the developing nervous system some time in the past. Assessment by a developmental pediatrician, physical or occupational therapist may provide more answers and a plan for treatment. ...Read more

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Symptoms ongoing for a year. Chest pain, left arm pain, left calf and thigh pain. Sometimes numbness in hand. No one knows. Been to many drs.

Symptoms ongoing for a year. Chest pain, left arm pain, left calf and thigh pain. Sometimes numbness in hand. No one knows. Been to many drs.

Mystery: Your year long syndrome deserves better than a 2 line description (your part) and wild guessing (our part). A thorough evaluation is necessary. If the UK system allows you to go to a university for a comprehensive evaluation, I would recommend that. ...Read more

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Why must I teach my child to wash his hands before visiting grandma?

Why must I teach my child to wash his hands before visiting grandma?

Because you do: Your child is not born with an innate understanding of what you or anyone else will expect from him/her. You have to teach them. Communicating with your child is the only way they will understand what you expect. Children are like blank slates, they learn everything about the world by watching their parents. Wash your own hands before visiting grandma and they may start to do it more too. ...Read more

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What is the safest way to remove a splinter from a child's hand?

What is the safest way to remove a splinter from a child's hand?

Soak in : Water first preferably hot, this will soften the skin and expand the splinter, use a tweezer like tool to try and pull out. ...Read more

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Reed diffuser spilled all over childs hands... Then washed hands! Is it harmful?

Reed diffuser spilled all over childs hands... Then washed hands! Is it harmful?

Aromatherapy: depends on the essential oil that you purchased as essential oils are highly concentrated they can cause skin irritation however they are usually diluted to reduce such irritationpjototoxic can occur with citrus peels , lavender and tree tea have been implicated in causing breast enlargement however this study only had 3 children so do not worry it seems it can cause skin irritation for the most ...Read more

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How is child with broken hand treated?

How is child with broken hand treated?

Depends: Thorough exam to make sure no nerves/arteries are involved. Pain medications. Clean up and suture if necessary, any open lacerations. Splint the acute injury. See orthopedic surgeon for definitive eval and cast if necessary. ...Read more