Question from Left Handers Club member Celina:
First I want to start by saying thank-you for this newsletter dedicated to our unique attribute of left-handedness. I find it very informative and enjoyable.
I was wondering if you have any information and/or research on infants and hand preference. How early can hand preference be determined? Additionally, what do you know about genetics influencing hand preference? I have a 3 month old son who has recently starting sucking on his hands, but shows a strong preference for his left. I am a lefty and my other child, a 11 year old daughter, is a lefty. I find it amusing that if indeed my infant son is left handed, that both
my children came out like me – a lefty.
Also, Keith did an article about the Chances of having a left-handed child.
Our own children both showed a strong hand preference almost as soon a they were born (one left-handed and one right-handed, even though Keith and Lauren are both left-handed) but it seems that some children can take to the age of 2 or 3 to show a strong preference. The main thing is to leave the child to come to their own conclusions as they develop and not try to force them to change.
There have been two recent newsletter articles about this that generated a lot of response from members and you may find useful: