Deciding whether or not a prosthetic device is the right option for your child’s limb difference is a big decision. There are many factors to consider when deciding. Ultimately the decision is up to each family and what is best for them.
Prosthetics for Children
Who Benefits From Prosthetics?
There are several reasons why someone would want a prosthetic. Some children are born with limb differences. This is when one or several of their limbs are missing or aren’t formed properly. Another form of a limb difference can happen as a result of an accident.
When this happens, families can choose if they want to pursue a prosthetic for their child. However, before making that decision there are several factors the families need to take into consideration.
Determining if a Prosthetic is Right for Your Child
First, you need to take into consideration your attitude as a parent. Children are very receptive to thoughts and generally will follow the tone you set. Think about how you feel about your child’s limb difference, think how you view others with prosthetics.
Another factor many parents take into consideration is what their child wants. There needs to be a fine balance between what you know as a parent is best and what your child wants. Children need to feel that they are heard, however, it is important to factor in their age and their level of understanding prior to following their wants. There are many children who have learned to adapt and use their limb differences and are thriving without the use of a prosthetic.
Cost of a Prosthetic
One major factor that could determine if you feel a prosthetic is right for your family is the cost. A prosthetic generally needs to be replaced every 18-24 months with the rapid rate children grow. Insurance companies generally don’t cover the cost of prosthetics and each one can cost up to $50,000.
Luckily, there are resources that help cover the cost of getting a prosthetic. One great foundation is the Jordan Thomas Foundation. Their goal is to help families obtain prosthetics through donations and other resources which allows their recipients to live their lives to the fullest.
There is no right or wrong decision when considering a prosthetic for your child. There is no pressure or time frame in which you need to make a decision. This is something you can wait and see or decide one thing and then change your mind. Knowing what is best for your child and family will be your guiding force to determine if you want your child to have a prosthetic.