Hygiene and residual limb care
It is really important to maintain the health of your child’s residual limb (sometimes referred to as a ‘little limb’) to prevent potential health problems.
Preventive measures to keep a residual limb healthy
You can help your child to avoid problems with their residual limb by helping them to look after it properly:
- wash prosthetic liners daily with a mild non-fragrant soap
- change and wash stump socks daily – more so in the warmer months
- be aware of perspiration building in the socket, bacterial or fungal infections, pressure or friction
- check the health of your child’s limb regularly
- don’t shave or wax residual limbs as it could cause ingrown hairs.
Common skin problems that come with limb loss
Some common skin disorders experienced by those with limb loss include:
- general irritation or rashes
- dermatitis or allergies related to cleaning agents, prosthetic liners, swelling
- cysts or irritation resulting from rubbing of the prosthetic limb against skin
- scar tissue due to wound healing
- breakdowns resulting from bacterial infection.
Contact if your doctor or prosthetist immediately if you have any concerns or notice any changes.