When Your Child Needs an Amputation

Posted on: March 18th, 2017 by Premier Prosthetics Blogger

Nothing could be harder than seeing your child undergo a medical crisis. If you have a little one facing amputation, it may feel like your whole world is about to change. While your home may need some adjustments, the biggest difference you can make is being there for your son or daughter. At Premier Prosthetics, we work with a number of pediatric patients. We want to offer you these tips on what to expect moving forward:

Children often adapt better than adults.

One of the things we’ve noticed at Premier Prosthetics is that our pediatric patients have often had an easier time adapting to their prostheses compared to their adult counterparts! Because they haven’t fully formed their identity in life, it’s often easier for them to mentally accept changes such as amputation. Their younger age also allows them to heal quicker after surgery, which means they can start learning to use their prosthesis at a more advanced rate.

Kids take emotional cues from you.

It’s true that the strength of the parent affects the child. How you choose to react towards their amputation will often color how your child sees themselves. By accepting your child’s limb difference and being willing to embrace their physical challenges, you will help them foster a sense of independence that will follow them for the rest of their life.

Taking care of yourself is just as important

Accepting the role of caretaker is not a simple transition at any age. Many parents find themselves becoming overwhelmed. Remember, you can’t give strength to your child if you are too tired yourself. Between friends, family and Premier Prosthetics, don’t be afraid to ask for help during this difficult time.

 

It’s going to be okay in the end.

Your child will grow up to be a happy, successful adult. Limb loss isn’t going to hold them back from going to college, falling in love or starting a family and career of their own. Organizations such as the Amputee Coalition can connect you and your child to people and resources that will help them stay on the right track.

At Premier Prosthetics, we understand the needs of amputee children are different than adults. Our practitioners know how to communicate with them at their level and ensure they adapt successfully to their new prosthesis. Please hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to learn how we can help your little one.

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