There may be a multitude of reasons a child need a prosthetic. Having a prosthetic for a child is much different than having a prosthetic for an adult. There are many things to consider when a child needs a prosthetic. Having a vast amount of information and the proper team to help assist in your child’s progress, is vital.
How will you know when the appropriate time has arisen for your child to receive a prosthetic?
A child can be eligible for a prosthetic when they are capable of walking or at the least, standing up on their own. This usually occurs around the ages of 9 or 12 months.
It is important that, if your child has a congenital defect, you fit them with a proper prosthetic at this age. This way they can get accustomed to the device.
If they are fitted when they are young, it can help a child identify that the prosthetic is part of who they are. A child can become so accustomed to the device they become comfortable and will use it to walk, run, or even climb.
Having a child that needs a prosthetic, also requires them to need special attention and rehabilitation.
They may even need special therapy.
A child will need frequent checkups with their clinician to ensure the prosthetic is fitting and adjusting well to their growing bodies. Every six months, the child will need a new socket.
Finding a prosthetic that fits your child’s lifestyle is also important. Prosthetics can be made for people who are highly active to those who are more sedentary. The great thing about prosthetics, is they can be made for children who are active in certain sports or other activities.
As mentioned before, it is important to monitor how your child is dealing with the prosthetic.
Being a child among other children can be difficult, especially if you are different from the other children. It is important to monitor your child’s behavior and to seek psychological counseling that can help them deal with the change and their environment.
Finding professionals that are with you at every moment, is vital to the development of your child, and the care of the adults who raise them. Knowing all you can about a child and prosthesis, is the key to leading a life free of unwanted stress, and giving your child just what he or she needs.