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After a below the Knee Amputation in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.


After a below the knee amputation,

it is important to care for your child's residual limb every day. Healthcare providers will show you how to wrap the limb and care for your child's skin.

Physical and occupational therapy:

A physical therapist will help your child with exercises to improve his or her strength. Your child may be fitted with a prosthesis. It may need to be adjusted several times before it fits well. Physical therapists will also help your child learn to walk with the prosthesis and with crutches. Occupational therapists will help your child adjust to daily activities at home and work.

Care for your child's residual limb:


Wrap your child's residual limb:

Wrap your child's limb to help form it into a firm cone shape so it will fit a prosthesis. Keep the bandage on at all times except when your child bathes. Rewrap the residual limb 2 to 3 times each day to keep the bandage smooth and tight. At first you will not pull the elastic bandage very tight. Healthcare providers will have you pull the bandage tighter as the wound heals and the stitches are removed. If your child's residual limb hurts or throbs, the bandage may be too tight. Unwrap your child's limb and start over. The following are directions for the figure of 8 method to wrap your child's residual limb:

Woolen residual limb socks:

Have your child wear woolen residual limb socks when healthcare providers say he or she no longer needs to wrap the residual limb. This keeps the residual limb clean and comfortable. Wash the woolen socks gently in cool water and soap to keep them from shrinking. Dry the socks flat on a towel to prevent stretching. Replace the sock if it gets torn.

For support and more information:

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider or orthopedist as directed:

Your child may have a home health care nurse help him or her between visits. Your child may need to return to have his or her stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.

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