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Author Topic: Why do mothers put their elbows in baby's bath water when surely their hands  (Read 6822 times)

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Why do mothers put their elbows in baby's bath water when surely their hands contain far more heat perceptor nerve endings that their relatively low-sensitivity elbows?

Is there medically, physically or psychologically, any good reason to justify this age-old practice of testing the heat of the bath water?

Are elbows good testers of hot water temperature?

Or is it just an 'old wives' tale'?
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The main nerve in the elbow is called the ulnar nerve, which is located in the soft spot above the elbow. This area of the elbow is very sensitive and serves as a good thermometer for testing the temperature of the baby's bathwater.  The back of the hand is used to test for temperature of hot surfaces as it also is very sensitive (as opposed to the palm) but it is impractical for testing a jug of liquid, although I have seen any number of mothers squirting the  baby's milk onto the back of the hand as a test

From: http://www.intelligentanswers.co.uk/index.php?topic=4030.msg21195#msg21195
Reply #17 on: 03 November, 2011, 10:10:09 PM »
« Last Edit: 28 May, 2013, 02:27:07 PM by antonymous »
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Their hands are full of baby  :D

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Two very good answers...now I understand it...thank you both.

Question for Ant...Is the Ulnar Nerve that stars in your answer the same nerve that is called the 'Funny Bone' when hit?

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