Whether your child has been born with a limb absence or loses a limb through amputation, you, the parent, have to decide what's right for your child. Will they wear a prosthesis from an early age or will you wait until they're older to help make that decision?
There are several considerations to factor in to your child's care plan if you choose to have them fitted with a prosthesis at a young age. Children present different challenges than adults. Because children are continually growing, the size and shape of their residual limb is always changing. It can be costly to keep the child fitted with an appropriate device, but it's important because an ill-fitting device can cause discomfort and injury. Children also tend to be more demanding on their prostheses than adults and so a more rugged prosthesis is often required to keep up with their active play.
Fitting a child with a device early can help to get them accustomed to a prosthesis as a routine part of their daily lives.
I've had a prosthesis since I was six months old. I was trained from a very early age, and learned to put on my arm the same way other kids learn to put on their shoes.
Touch Bionics can custom design a natural-looking passive prosthesis for your child, which will closely resemble their natural hand. As they grow, children may seek to blend in with their peers and avoid constant questions about their hand. A natural-looking passive device can help them achieve that sense of normalcy.
Due to the size limitations of next generation technology, there are few advanced prosthetic options for children. Body-powered or simple myoelectric prosthetics are available, but do not provide the advanced functionality of some of newer devices available for adults.
When your child reaches their teens, a more advanced active prosthesis, such as those developed by Touch Bionics can be considered.