Little lefties: 7 interesting facts about left-handed kids

Kinderling News & Features

Believe it or not, left-handed people were once believed to be witches, consorting with the devil, and getting the cane for not using their right hand! In case you have a little lefty in your life, here are some fun facts about their small hands.

1. The 10%

Around 10% of the population are left-handed. That's a lot right?! Also, lefties can vary in their lefty-ness. Some are totally left-handed. Others are mostly left-handed, but might use their right hand to eat, open a jar or throw a ball. There are all kinds of interesting differences in lefty-land.

2. Early adopters

Most kids start using a preferred hand by around 18 months and by age three, lefty kids will usually consistently display their left-handedness.

3. Anti-leftism

It was once thought that being left-handed was a problem, and little lefties were (very unfairly) forced to use their right hand instead. Insert VERY sad face here. Lefties also have to adapt to a mostly right-handed world, which can be uncomfortable and ill-fitting. (Scissors, computer mouses, cameras and other products are made to use with your right-hand, generally.)

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4. Left-handed kids have a ‘day’

International Day Left Handers Day is celebrated on August 13 each year.

5. There are more lefty boys than girls

It's thought that could indicate that testosterone has an impact on handedness, but the jury is still out.

6. Genes have a hand in it

Some researchers think that a special combination of genes may cause left-handedness, but nobody knows exactly how this might work as yet.

7. Hormones could contribute

Other experts suggest environmental factors in-utero may influence left-handedness. (Maternal hormones, perhaps?)

This article was originally published on Babyology.