What Determines Right/Left Handedness? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
Thread Tools
Old 05-31-2005, 09:04 PM - Thread Starter
Aziah's Avatar
Join Date: May 2005
Location: CNY
Posts: 140
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I noticed DD uses her left hand 90% of the time when eating...she will go so far as to reach across with her left hand to grab food next to her right hand. Does this mean she will be a lefty? What determines left/right handedness? DH and I are both right handed and there are no lefties in our famlies...
Aziah is offline  
Sponsored Links
Old 06-01-2005, 12:27 AM
KoalaMommy's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: with a joey in the pouch
Posts: 4,342
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
how old is your child? side preference shouldn't appear strongly until sometime around 12-18 months. My good friend's son showed a strong preference around 8 months and it turned out that he had cerebral palsey and a cyst was causing his brain to shift out of place and that was causing the side preference. If I were you, I'd look a bit further into side preference and when it normally appears.

There is some thought that ultra sound exposure can contribute to a left hand preference.

slingboy.gifTaking care of 2 girls:energy.gifblahblah.gifb& a babyboy.gif born on his mama's birthday and a few chicken3.gif
KoalaMommy is offline  
Old 06-03-2005, 06:35 AM
AngelBee's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: New Brighton, MN
Posts: 19,261
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Mama to 9 so far:Mother of Joey (20), Dominick (13), Abigail (11), Angelo (8), Mylee (6), Delainey (3), Colton (2) and Baby 8 and Baby 9 coming sometime in July 2013.   If evolution were true, mothers would have three arms!

AngelBee is offline  
Old 06-03-2005, 09:26 AM
Eruditia's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 149
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My 6-mo-old uses his left hand predominantly too. Where does one find out about this? I checked the Sears books to no avail. It doesn't really matter to us, we're just curious about this and all aspects of his development
Eruditia is offline  
Old 06-03-2005, 11:14 AM
BabyBumblebee's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: under a shedding maple tree
Posts: 1,606
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We were wondering about this too...I am ambidextrous, dh is a right-hander, and Charlie seems to be showing a preference for her left hand - she will reach out with that one, and feed herself, *but* she will wave and play pattycake with the right one! I guess it's one of those things that isn't 'hardwired' yet for them...interesting though. Would love to find out more about it...
BabyBumblebee is offline  
Old 06-03-2005, 12:13 PM
faythe's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 407
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've read recently that handedness is an inborn trait, but it's not fully expressed until the preschool years.

Right now my 11mo goes through phases. For a few weeks she prefers to use her left hand, then she switches. She's been going back and forth like this for a few months now. She sucks her left thumb, though, so I'm pretty sure she will be right handed.
faythe is offline  
User Tag List

Thread Tools

Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off