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When can you know if a child is right or left handed?
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Dr. Jovi Cacnio
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jovi Cacnio
Dr. Jovi Cacnio
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: About 2-5 yr if ever
Handedness is prewired into the system and may emerge in the mid 2nd yr or later if ever. Some kids will use one hand for one action & the other for another. A few will be ambidexterous for a lifetime.
There is never a reason to push a child to use or not use a given hand, you won't change it. Preferance for one hand before 15 mo may be a sign of neurologic problems & deserves an evaluation.

In brief: About 2-5 yr if ever
Handedness is prewired into the system and may emerge in the mid 2nd yr or later if ever. Some kids will use one hand for one action & the other for another. A few will be ambidexterous for a lifetime.
There is never a reason to push a child to use or not use a given hand, you won't change it. Preferance for one hand before 15 mo may be a sign of neurologic problems & deserves an evaluation.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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