My child has diabetes

Insulin pumps for children

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  • How insulin pumps can help your child with diabetes

Results of recent studies* show that insulin pumps can be both safe and effective for toddlers and young children, provided that their parents are both knowledgeable about and motivated to use the device. An insulin pump may help make the task of balancing insulin and glucose easier and can also help reduce hypoglycaemia.

Many clinical studies* confirm that Type 1 patients of all ages who switch from multiple daily injections (MDI) to insulin pump therapy report improvements in their quality of life and increased satisfaction with their treatment.

I realized in the first few hours of learning about an insulin pump that life would be different. It was clear to me that with a pump, my child would have a better life.


How the MiniMed® 640G insulin pump can help in daily life

The MiniMed® 640G insulin pump has many features and settings that may be ideal for younger users.

  • The Bolus Wizard® takes into account previously administered insulin that is still in the body, so that the bolus calculations are more accurate.
  • A child lock feature that disables pump buttons, so insulin can not accidentally be programmed. A remote control is also available to put parents in sole control.

Where can my child keep his or her insulin pump?

This is often one of the first questions asked by many parents and children. In fact, the pump can be easily attached to a belt or carried in a pocket. Various pump cases are also available.

Insulin pumps and sports? How does that work?

There are often questions about wearing the pump during activities such as sports, dance and parties. Usually, the pump can remain attached without interfering in these activities. The pump can be disconnected (for up to 60 minutes) for showers, swimming or intense activity. It has to be connected again after, and in case the pump has been disconnected for more than an hour, some dosage adjustments may have to be made. Parents should discuss this with their physician to establish the right adjustments for their child.

Will my child still be able to live a normal social life?

Having fun and playing with friends is one of the best ways for a child to stay happy and healthy. With the MiniMed 640G insulin pump a child’s social life can be as flexible as their schedule demands.

The MiniMed 640G insulin pump has infusion sets and automatic inserters suitable for all ages (including babies) to help ensure effective insulin delivery and allow children to continue their lives.


Insulin pump on a child's body


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