For children with congenital upper limb differences, the early fitting of an artificial limb is an important step in addressing the potential limitations in the child’s ability to function in their daily activities. However, prosthetic choices for small infants and toddlers are very limited. No parts exist that provide the both the level of functionality and appearance wanted by parents and clinicians.
The purpose of our work was to address this need by developing an innovative lifelike and functional non-motorized prosthetic hand for infants and small children. In particular, this hand needs to be durable, easy to clean, lifelike in appearance, and should provide support for crawling and sitting, and be able to hold toys and other objects.