YES. Generally, age isn't a limiting factor by itself. Our center uses Insulin pump therapy in infants if necessary.
Yes. With an adequate parental supervision, type 1 diabetes in a good number of children have been successfully managed by Insulin pump.
Yes. Absolutely and really improves the lifestyle and freedom, children as young as 2 yo have been placed on Insulin pump.
Pump. A device that deliveres a preprogramed amount of Insulin at a preprogramed time of day.
Delivers Insulin. An Insulin pump is a device that holds Insulin in a resevoir and delivers it to the body via a small needle placed, often in the fatty tissue of the abdomen. Insulin is pumped at a rate set by the doctor/patient to provide a continuous flow of insulin. Often the patient will press a button to deliver a slightly larger dose of Insulin at mealtimes. The devices are getting smaller all the time.
Stabilize levels. Insulin is used to treat type 1 diabetes (sometimes in young people--juvenile dm). An Insulin pmp allows the diabetic to avoid wide fluctuations in bld sgr keeping fasting @90, an hour after eating < 160, and return to @100 in 2 hrs. Eating 5 small meals per day, drinking adequate fluids, being relaxed while eating, mild daily exercise...Is ideal for anyone. That's less than 1% of americans.
Pros of insulin pump. The advantage of the pump is that it mimics Insulin delivery similar to your pancreas. Generally with the pump you can achieve much tighter blood sugar control. The frequency of low blood sugars can also be reduced by appropriate adjustment of the Insulin delivered. Fluctuations in blood sugars can be reduced. The Insulin pump has the advantage of being able to deliver different basal rates.
Plan ahead. Things can and do go wrong with an Insulin pump sometimes, so plan ahead for these. Infusion sites can fail if the catheter becomes kinked, or the tip comes out. Keep an extra infusion set with you at all times. Occasionally, the electronics of the pump fail, so keep a written copy of your pump settings with you. For the most part, pumping is very safe, but be prepared for emergencies!
Insulin pump issues. Insulin pumps do have alarms that signal when the tubing is blocked or the Insulin is running low or the battery is dying. Unfortunately, they do not warn you when the catheter has come out of the skin, which very occasionally occurs. Infection of the infusion site occasional occurs. Pump failure occ occurs. Rotate infusion sites.
Can be. Insulin pumps are excellent for getting tight glucose control, and they are most often used for type 1 diabetes, aka juvenile diabetes. They do require daily maintenence & attention, and blood sugar check with every meal, so the safety depends a lot on the patient's personality. There is no substitute for an honest discussion with your doctor.
Consult your doctor. Consult your pediatrician to see what is best for you.
Is your child Ready. It takes time to learn how to program and use an Insulin pump. If the tube slips out of the skin or gets a kink in it, people won’t get any insulin. Then their blood sugar level can get too high, which can lead to serious problems. Insulin pumps usually cost more than Insulin shots. Wearing or carrying an Insulin pump all the time can be bothersome. Site infection. Etc I would ask is he /she ready.
See below. Risk: pump malfunction, insertion site infection. Benefits: you always have Insulin with you (no "surprise" meals with no Insulin cause you didn't plan ahead), can take Insulin for snacks without another injection, can decrease Insulin during/after exercise to avoid lows, you can have Insulin delivered more slowly for a meal that takes longer to digest (dual wave bolus), more.
Not usually. Pumps do take a little getting used to, and some trial and error to learn what works best for sleeping, sex, using the restroom, etc. The nurses and educators who help with the training do a terrific job to help each individual figure out what length tubing works best for them, and how to overcome any problems that arise.
Benefits the user. Generally very comfortable to wear. Occasion discomfort at the time of insertion of the catheter. Benefits of a pump over weigh the small inconvenience such as tubing getting caught at times. Most Insulin pumps have a fine plastic tubing which connects to a catheter that is placed on skin usually in the abdomen or thigh. But the Omnipod does not have an infusion catheter.