Dallas Hand Surgeons on Child Hand Development

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Published on December 13, 2013

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The only thing more fascinating than our hands, themselves, is the journey that they go through to develop the shape, size, function and dexterity that allow us to stay connected with our world. The hand's most drastic development can be seen in the first six years of life, and development can be monitored to ensure a future of healthy hands. Refer to this guide of developmental benchmarks, and watch your little ones grow!

TM hand centers See How They Grow: An Intro to Child Hand Development Renova Hand Centers December 2013 RenovaHandCenters.com 855.49.HANDS

TM hand centers Have you ever wondered how your hands became the fascinating tools they are today? Our hands are tremendously strong, but it took them a while for them to become that way. If you are a parent, you’ve seen the way babies gain use of their hands and discover their capabilities.It is a fascinating process to watch and, no doubt, a fascinating one to undergo. Check out this step-by-step guide to how a child’s hands develop throughout the first six years of life. The First Two Months If you hold out a finger to newborns, they will wrap their fingers around yours. As soon as a babies are born, they will display a strong instinct to grasp at objects. This grasping reflex is at its strongest during the baby’s first two months. For their first eight weeks, infant tend to hold their fists clinched, but will open them to look at their hands or attempt to grab different objects. Three to Eight Months When babies are three to four months old, they begin to develop hand-eye coordination. Although they may not yet be able to pick up the objects that they want, they often begin to bat at toys at this age. By the ages of four or five months, however, infants are able to pick up large objects. Once babies reach six to eight months, their hand-eye coordination has developed to the point that they can move objects from one hand to another. Nine to 12 Months Between the ages of nine months and one year old, babies can easily pick up objects and will sometimes hand an object to you. At about 9 to 10 months, babies discover how to point with their index finger. This is a sign that they are developing their pincer grasp: the ability to pick up small objects with the thumb and forefinger. One to Four Years Between the ages of one and two years old, children tend to hold utensils, crayons, and other objects in a fisted grasp using four fingers and keeping the thumb pointed upward. RenovaHandCenters.com 855.49.HANDS

TM hand centers From the ages of two and three years, however, children begin to use what is known as the palmar grasp. The palmar grasp looks similar to the fisted grasp except that the thump points downward and the pinky stick out. This is also the age at which kids begin to show signs of right-handed or left-handedness. At the age of four, most children begin to use a five-finger grip for objects like pencils or crayons. They are able to utilize slightly smaller wrist movements when drawing and will often start using the other hand as a stabilizer. While it may seem that children between one and four simply need to be shown the correct way to hold a pencil or crayon, it is very important for them to move across the various stages of grasp in order for them to develop fine motor skills. Five to Six Years By the time children are between five and six years old, they are usually able to use a mature, three-finger pencil grip, holding the pencil between the thumb, index and middle finger. Many kids will keep a tense grip on the pencil at this age and may still maintain the same broad wrist movement they used with a five-finger grip. Soon, however, children around the age gain fine motor control and are able to write and draw with greater precision. RenovaHandCenters.com 855.49.HANDS

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