An insulin pump is a device that delivers insulin continuously while it is connected. The insulin flows through a thin tube called a catheter that is placed under the skin or attached directly to the skin. It can help keep blood sugar levels in the proper range day and night.
The pump delivers insulin doses in different ways:
When your child has an insulin pump, your child’ healthcare provider will tell you how often blood sugar levels need to be tested. It may need to be tested at least 4 times a day. Never ignore a high blood sugar reading.
An insulin pump can be worn in a pump case or it can be attached to a waistband, pocket, bra, sock, or underwear. You can tuck any excess tubing into the waistband of underwear or pants.
During sleep, the pump can be worn on a waistband, armband, or leg band.
Insulin pumps are water resistant, but should not be put directly in the water. The pumps have a port that lets you disconnect the pump from the catheter for swimming, bathing, or showering.
Your child can still be active and have fun when using an insulin pump. While exercising or playing, your child can wear an armband or an elastic waistband with a pump case. In some cases your child may not be allowed to wear any devices because falling on the pump could hurt your child. In this case, your child may need to take the insulin pump off during an activity. Make sure that your child understands that he or she must not go longer than 1 to 2 hours without any insulin. Your child should check his blood sugar as often as your healthcare provider recommends, which could be as often as every hour while the pump is disconnected. Blood sugar and ketone levels could go up while your child is not getting insulin. Your child may need a dose of insulin if his blood sugar goes too high before the pump is reconnected.
Some benefits of using an insulin pump are:
The disadvantages of an insulin pump are: