By Silab Prosthetics

Prostheses for Children

Confronted with the difficult situation of a child’s amputation or limb difference can be a harrowing and challenging time for a parent. Questioning if your child will ever be able to lead a full and independent life is a very real concern that parents raise when going through this emotional situation. Importantly and quite simply, it is still possible for a child to lead a life filled with independence, joy and success with a prosthesis. A correctly designed and fitted prosthesis will allow your child to integrate at school where they will be able undertake a full range of activities enjoyed by all children, such as playing sports, creative interests and the social and everyday activities of a child.

SkinFeel™ by Silab Prosthetics has a rich experience in the provision of cosmetic silicone prosthetics to children of all ages that have helped children around the world to gain their independence. SkinFeel™ prostheses allow children to adapt to new and changing environments through restored confidence, functionality and mobility.

Prostheses for Children

Each child is different, as is each child’s need for a prosthetic. Therefore, it is important to understand the journey that a child is going to undertake when they are first using a prosthetic and how that will potentially change throughout their lives based on their physical, social and mental development.

Firstly, deciding when the child can start having a prosthetic is an important consideration. There is no single answer to when a child can start using a cosmetic prosthetic. It is important for any child whether born with a limb difference or limb loss through amputation that they are assessed early by a qualified prosthetist. Following, there are several generally accepted recommendations for when the child can begin wearing a prosthesis:

  • Lower limb prostheses are recommended for children aged 9 to 16 months. The age when a child begins to stand and move about. Until this age, there is no point in prosthetics, since the prosthesis should serve functional purposes.
  • Children are ready for upper limb prostheses when they begin to sit and use both hands. This occurs between the ages of 3 to 7 months. The child’s first prosthesis can help him crawl, push off when he gets up, etc.

To decide when a child should start using a prosthesis relies on several factors. Consideration should be given to the child’s needs and the family’s lifestyle. Children adapt to prosthesis differently from adults. As a rule, they adapt faster and easier to new things. When a child grows up, becomes a teenager, they will be able to independently decide when and for how long to wear a prosthesis. But in the first years of the child’s life, this decision remains with the parents. For children of all ages, it is important to develop a routine where they are consistently wearing their prosthesis and that they like the prosthesis they are wearing in order to maintain their social comfort and acceptance of the prosthesis.

It is very important to reach an understanding and help the child adapt to the prosthesis. And importantly always to listen to the child’s point of view no matter what age.

SkinFeel™ by Silab Prosthetics for Children

SkinFeel™ has a large range of cosmetic prosthetic solutions for children and can provide custom, semi-custom and standard solutions for any form of limb difference or amputation, even some of the most complex cases.

As children grow quickly, we recommend that through to the age of 18 an evaluation of their prosthetic needs be conducted by their clinical physician at least every six months as a part of a complete medical monitoring of their growth and development. As they grow, they will outgrow their prosthetics, just like t-shirts, pants and shoes. Dr. Claude Lambert studied how often children need to change their lower limb prostheses. His studies show that:

  • Children from 1 to 5 years old need a new prosthesis once a year
  • Children aged 5 to 12 years need a new prosthesis every 1 to 2 years
  • Children between 12 and 18 years old need a new prosthesis every 3 to 4 years.

We recommend the use of the cost-effective standard range of prostheses we have on offer due to the regular need to update the child’s prosthesis as they grow.

 




What our clients have to say about SkinFeel™ by Silab Prosthetics

Over the years we have helped many clients to rebuild their lives with the most adapted cosmetic prostheses for their needs. Those clients have had many things to say about us and we have been able to continually improve what we offer by listening constantly to our clients. Tell us how your experience has been with us and we will share it. We always like to hear your suggestions for how to improve our service.



My daughter's arm prosthetic is really amazing! For the first time in 10 years, she was able to wear t-shirts without embarrassment. The quality of the prosthesis is very high. Even with an active child’s lifestyle (school, gym, pool), the prosthesis stays like new! Thank you very much for your work, individual approach to the client and professionalism. I will be glad to continue to cooperate further.

We are very grateful to you for the prosthetics that you created for our daughter. We have never seen anything like this in any clinic in our country. Thank you very much one more time, we are extremely grateful!

It’s difficult for a parent to see their child having their thumbs gone - the finger normally used the most! However, the solution exists! SkinFeel by Silab Prosthetics proved that our daughter can now draw with her prosthetic thumb, and we her parents can finally be relieved!