Prosthetics for Children

Pediatric Prosthetics

There are many great prosthetic options for children with congenital upper limb differences or loss. From simple passive hands for infants and toddlers, to activity-specific attachments for riding a bike or holding a bat, and myoelectric hands for going to school, kids can grow up as active, successful prosthesis users.
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Arm Dynamics pediatric patient riding a bikeWe recommend fitting infants with a prosthesis as early as possible to encourage babies to accept and use a prosthesis as they begin exploring the world around them. For infants up to 18 months, tiny passive hands are the usual choice. Starting around age two, children often benefit from activity-specific prosthetic attachments for sports and play. The option of fitting a basic myoelectric hand and wrist becomes realistic around age three or four. The multi-articulating i-limb quantum is now sized for children, and the multi-articulating bebionic 3 has a smaller size that fits teens.

The socket system that is used to connect the prosthetic hand to the body is customized to each child. Adjustable sockets that feature a lacing closure system will easily expand to accommodate a child’s rapidly growing limb, often allowing for several years of use between fittings.