Insulin pump therapy for kids & teens.

How life with an insulin pump can make life a little easier for everyone.

Life with children can be crazy: hectic schedules, activity levels that vary from hour to hour, picky eating habits, parties, sports, or a case of the sniffles. These events and everyday happenings are made all the more unpredictable when a child has diabetes. Here’s how life with an insulin pump can make life a little easier for everyone.

Teenager with afro listening to music in the street and enjoying life using an Animas® insulin pump for Type 1 diabetes.
Teenager with afro listening to music in the street and enjoying life using an Animas® insulin pump for Type 1 diabetes.

Fewer injections.

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.

Infusion sets

More flexibility.

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.

Game on.

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.

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