It’s pretty safe to say that children don’t enjoy getting poked with needles. Intensive therapy with multiple daily injections can add up to as many as 1,460 needle sticks a year.
On an insulin pump, an infusion set is inserted about every 2-3 days—that adds up to about 1,304 fewer needle pokes a year.
Unlike multiple daily injections, pumps can give your child the freedom to sleep in, decide when and if they want to eat, choose when and how long to exercise, and so on—no “clock watching” required.
Small enough to fit into a pocket.
An insulin pump is about the size of a mobile phone, which means it can be easily concealed under clothing clipped to a waistband, strapped to a leg (under a skirt, for example), or even in a pocket.
Pumps can be set to adjust insulin delivery during activities. So whether it’s a pick-up game of football, a run with the family dog, or a bike ride to the corner shop, your child can get up and go when and where they want.
Special occasions are special again.
Not only can events like Halloween, birthdays and school parties throw you and your child off your regular schedule, they also tend to be centred around food.
While being on a pump doesn’t mean a child can eat everything in sight, one of the advantages of pump therapy is that children may be able to “graze” with a greater degree of ease.