From Mamaroneck, New York, USA:
My seven year old son has had diabetes since age two. His levels have been high and low. He went to a diabetes camp and is now interested in pump therapy. I am all for it. Is it painful to insert the infusion? Is there a high risk of getting infected sites? If he does get an infection, is it dangerous? If it is painful he might change his mind about pump therapy.
Insulin pump therapy is hard work for parents and for kids with diabetes -- but it's an excellent way to deliver insulin since it is closer to the way the pancreas used to do it. Two great books are published by MiniMed and available at their website. One is entitled Teens Pumping It Up: Insulin Pump Therapy Guide for Adolescents and the other is entitled The insulin Pump Therapy Book. They discuss all the practical issues of pump therapy. There was also a recent article in Diabetes Forecast (published by the ADA) that focused on pump treatment for kids.
You should talk with your son's pediatric endocrinologist. More and more children are using insulin pumps quite successfully and without excessive pain at catheter insertion sites or infections.
Original posting 29 Sep 2000
Posted to Insulin Pumps
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:14
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.