Children and toddlers have unique needs when fitting a prosthesis. Both the parents and the prosthetic technician have to understand these needs and provide special attention. A child’s communication can be limited when talking about their prosthesis. Additionally, a child will be growing quickly and exploring their newly discovered world. These unique needs require consistent observation and understanding.
During childhood and adolescence it is common to provide a new socket at least once a year, and sometimes maybe more, to accommodate these periods of rapid growth and change. Also, it is recommended that the patient follow up with the prosthetic technician approximately every 6 months to insure a proper fit. Consideration of the convenience of aftersales service and the cost of a prosthesis are very important factors when deciding on a care provider.