Congenital hand anomaly (hand difference)

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A congenital hand anomaly is a hand or arm deformity that develops during pregnancy or birth. Learn how to help your child function independently.

Key points

  • Children with congenital hand anomalies can usually do anything they want to. Encourage them to participate in a variety of activities.
  • A simple modification to a musical instrument or sports equipment may be all it takes to help your child participate in a chosen activity.
  • In some cases, surgery will help improve your child's hand function or appearance. In many cases, treatment is not necessary.
  • An occupational therapist and plastic surgeon can help you decide on treatment options.
  • Children are much more likely to accept their hands the way they are if you do.
Last updated: June 20th 2014