Babies' hands are a study in themselves. The basic difference from adults' hands is that the palm is relatively thicker in relation to the small fingers. The thumb muscle and heel of the baby hand are proportionately very powerful. Quite young babies have a grasp equal to their own weight. The knuckles across the back of the hand are buried in flesh and arc indicated by dimples. The base of the hand may be entirely 5urroundcd with creases. The heel of the hand is much thicker than the pads across the top of the palm.
PLATE 90. Studies of baby hands
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