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If your child doesn't want to feel the insulin needle, your child's doctor can prescribe an indwelling subcutaneous cannula. A small needle is used to insert a soft tube into a place where you give your child an insulin shot, such as the belly. The needle is taken out, but the soft tube (cannula) stays in your child's body and is held in place with tape. Then, when your child needs insulin, the insulin needle is put into the cannula instead of into the skin. This way, your child won't have to feel the insulin needle. The cannula can be used for at least 3 days before your child will need a new one.
The three most important elements of success in giving insulin injections include:
Your doctor or certified diabetes educator (CDE) will help you and your child learn to prepare and give insulin injections. If your child is age 10 or older, he or she may be able to give insulin with supervision. Here are some simple steps to help you and your child learn this task.
To get ready to give an insulin injection using an insulin vial and insulin syringe or an insulin pen, follow these steps.
The preparation will depend on whether you are giving one type of insulin or mixing two types of insulin in the injection.
When you are mixing types of insulin to be given in one syringe, follow these precautions.
If you are using an insulin pen, follow the manufacturer's instructions for attaching the needle, priming the pen, and setting the dose.
Before giving the injection, take the time you need to do the following:
Follow the steps for giving an insulin injection in the belly. It's also possible for a child to give the shot to himself or herself in the arm.
Follow the steps for giving an insulin injection into the belly with a reusable insulin pen.
After giving your child's injection, be sure to:
Some tips to help you be safe and successful in giving your child insulin injections include the following:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD, MPH - PediatricsKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerStephen H. LaFranchi, MD - Pediatric EndocrinologyRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes EducatorDavid C. W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
Current as ofDecember 7, 2017
Current as of: December 7, 2017
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Stephen H. LaFranchi, MD - Pediatric Endocrinology & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator & David C. W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
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