Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Appointment, Milestones, Development and Righty or lefty?

Our little lamb chop turns 15 months today. She will have a doctor's appointment tomorrow and I'm sure another shots coming. She is doing great and become very mobile. Always climbing everywhere and trying to keep up with the buckaroo's activity. She is also showing some attitudes which is not really nice but it's cute and funny hehe.

Is she gonna be righty or lefty? What do you think? She doesn't exhibit yet any preference as to what hands should be use. There are times she uses her left hand and other times she uses her right hand.

When will I know whether my toddler is a righty or a lefty?

I found this article at Babycenter and thought of sharing it.(copy/paste)

Expert Answers
Laura Jana, pediatrician

Though your child may have started to show a preference for his right or left hand, you won't be able to determine true right- or left-handedness until he's 2 or 3 years old, when he'll begin to favor the same hand consistently. Some children may be ambidextrous (using both hands equally) until they're 5 or 6, when they finally make a choice.

Hand dominance is greatly influenced by genetics. If both you and your partner are left-handed, your child has a 45 to 50 percent chance of being left-handed as well. (About 10 percent of people are left-handed.)

If you're curious about which side is dominant in your child, try handing him a toy or rolling him a ball. He's very likely to reach for it with his dominant hand, which will probably be stronger and more dexterous.

If your child seems to be using one hand exclusively before he's 18 months old, talk to your pediatrician, as early hand dominance may be a sign of motor development problems.

As you watch your toddler's motor skills develop, remember that it's not a good idea to attempt to influence his hand preference. While genetics alone don't entirely explain why someone ends up right- or left-handed, hardwiring of your child's nervous system is at least part of the reason. Forcing him to use his right hand when he's really a lefty is unlikely to work in the long run and will only confuse or frustrate him along the way.



chubskulit said...

Busing busy ang mga dragons mo dyan bading, ang walang katapusang mess na trabaho ng mommy lol, tagapulot ng kalat,.. Hay..

Love the pic na nakatuwad si Juz lol, so cute.

Mel Alarilla said...

Oh your baby is a righty because she was holding her pen with the right hand. Justine is really growing up so fast. Naa accelerate ang growth niya dahil pilit humahabol sa kuya niya. I hope everything's okay sa inyo Shy and all of you are in the best of health. Thanks for the homey post. God bless you all always.

Dhemz said...

hahhaha...ka cute sa mga dragons nimo tsang...naa man sila kaugalingon nga words...ehehehe! mau gani kay wala ning duha nag hinampaka...ahahhaha!

si akesha pod sa una tsang..abi nako ug!

Cecile said...

cute naman ni Tin...i thingk she would use right hand...look at her very serious writing...

Calico Crazy said...

We have righties and lefties in our family and my daughter started dominate in her left, swapped to using her right, and then went back to being a lefty. I think only time will tell for sure.

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