Most infants show no clear hand preference (left- or right-handedness) in their early years. Instead, many seem to alternate between favoring the right hand and the left hand, using the left hand for several months, then the right, and then both equally for a time. By age 2, some children have established a clear hand preference, although many continue alternating for several more years. By age 4, most children show a stable hand preference. In general, about 10-13% of children will be left-handed.
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