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February 24, 2000

Insulin Pumps

Question from Wheaton, Illinois, USA:

What do you think about putting a 5 year old on the pump? For three years we have been getting blood glucoses all over the map and are particularly concerned about night-time lows. We track and monitor closely. How young do you see children go on the pump?


From: DTeam Staff

Please see our slide show about insulin pumps. Pumps are okay for kids this age if all the support you need is there — since a 5 year old cannot manage a pump him/herself.

I would carefully consider all the options with your diabetes team.

P.S.: Erratic blood sugars are not uncommon in this age group especially if you are “chasing” the high sugars with extra insulin.