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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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When will I know if my baby is right or left-handed?

When will I know if my baby is right or left-handed?

Be patient: Although some researchers suggest an infant may use one hand more than another as early as 6m, most describe true hand dominance as emerging between 2 & 4 yrs. I worry when a child uses one hand more often before a year as it can be an emerging sign of a motor impairment as seen in cerebral palsy. ...Read more

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When a baby is born what in their lifetime makes them a left handed person or right handed person.

When a baby is born what in their lifetime makes them a left handed person or right handed person.

NOTHING: in their "LIFETIME" changes the DOMINANT SIDE OF THE BRAIN!! Although parental FORCES have been used toi try to CHANGE dominant sides its a LOUSY IDEA! In other words its HEREDITY not ENVIRONMENT! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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My left hand my baby finger is num all the way 2 my risk none?

My  left  hand  my  baby  finger  is  num  all  the way  2  my  risk none?

Nerve compression: http://www.handctr.com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.html median nerve compression at the wrist gives numbness in the blue area and loss of muscle function in the large muscle of the thumb ulnar nerve compression at the elbow or wrist can involve the little and ring fingers. ...Read more

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My 5months old baby has imbalance brain, his growth of the left side is lower, and he don't have grip in his hand, is he abnormal?

My 5months old baby has imbalance brain, his growth of the left side is lower, and he don't have grip in his hand, is he abnormal?

Problem-yes: Abnormal? I do not know, but it does sound as if there may be a problem. I assume you have discussed this with your pediatrician. If not, you should. ...Read more

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6month old baby was left hand erbs palcy.recovered fully at 3 month. Now left hand is more active than right(( Can I stop ROM exercises?

6month old baby was left hand erbs palcy.recovered fully at 3 month. Now left hand is more active than right(( Can I stop ROM exercises?

Maybe: This is a decision probably best made by your following doc and therapist. What you see as "more active" use may be a problem. If they agree recovery is complete they will likely change your treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do if my baby finger on the left hand has been numb for 5 months?

What can I do if my baby finger on the left hand has been numb for 5 months?

Lots of causes: Can't tell over the computer. See your family physician asap. He may want you to have tests or see specialist. Please call now...If it hasn't gone away in 5 months its way past due to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Is it normal that my dominant right hand/arm gets tired faster, but i hold baby and carrier always with my left arm ?

Is it normal that my dominant right hand/arm gets tired faster, but i hold baby and carrier always with my left arm ?

Possible: Usually we try to use our dominant hand and gets tired earlier due to over use. But, if you think its unusually more tiring then you want to see pcp to discuss the possibilities. There will be problem in the muscles, nerves or bone. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My baby was born left hand on face. She can move easily hand, slightly elbow & shoulder. Any pain while moving but she doesn't lift hand by herself?

My baby was born left hand on face. She can move easily hand, slightly elbow & shoulder. Any pain while moving but she doesn't lift hand by herself?

Brachial nerve palsy: I recommend seeing a doctor for a history and physical exam. Perhaps the baby has a brachial plexus nerve palsy (stretch injury) where the nerves were stretched at the neck/shoulder area during birth. It is also called Erb's palsy. Daily physical therapy exercises can sometimes help recover or help recover faster. ...Read more

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My 3month old baby looks around follows my hand but doesnt look at me and some times his left eye is watery clear colour. ....

My 3month old baby looks around follows my hand but doesnt look at me and some times his left eye is watery clear colour. ....

Needs checking: A three month old should be able to make brief eye contact. He should be checked to make sure he doesn't need a referral for a full ophthalmogy consult. Could also be a blocked tear duct. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my 4yrs old baby got her left hand fractured above elbow & plastered. What remedy to avoid infection & odour?

Should i be concerned if my 4yrs old baby got her left hand fractured above elbow & plastered. What remedy to avoid infection & odour?

Ensure the cast does: Not get wet, to avoid maceration of the skin. These are usually close injuries (the skin is broken over the fx site), so chances would be very rare. If she starts to scratch due to itching, give her some phenergan, (promethazine) to avoid scratching. Don't allow her to scratch inside the cast with a pen/pencil or something else, as she can then get infected. I use a posterior splint, so arm can be cleaned/dried. ...Read more

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Habit of having my hand/arm on my bump while i sleep on my left side at 33wks pregnant. Can I hurt bub? My mum tells me it can be too heavy for baby?

Habit of having my hand/arm on my bump while i sleep on my left side at 33wks pregnant. Can I hurt bub? My mum tells me it can be too heavy for baby?

No: Not now or later until delivery. with ultrasound you see hardly any movement placing an arm over the abdomenA while problem. If you push down with the transducer you can see some movement but no fetal compression.stop worrying and be comfy ...Read more

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My 2 month old only latches on my left breast and I hand pump about 2.5 oz out the right. How do I know how much to give him? 10lbs baby

My 2 month old only latches on my left breast and I hand pump about 2.5 oz out the right. How do I know how much to give him? 10lbs baby

On average: a 2 month old baby will drink 2.5-4 ounces of breast milk every 2 1/2-3 hours. The best indicators of adequate intake are satiety, adequate weight gain, and urine output of 5 or more wet diapers per day. ...Read more