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To Pump, or Not to Pump?

by Deborah Butler, MSW, LICSW

Before your child takes a pump vacation, discuss these plans with your child’s health-care team and review other insulin therapy options. Remember that a longer-acting insulin has to be added to your child’s insulin plan if he stops using his pump.

Consider switching back to injections permanently. Some people who are struggling on pump therapy decide to make a permanent transition back to injections. The main reasons for terminating pump therapy include burnout, worsening blood glucose control (because of forgetting to bolus, for example), infusion site problems, weight gain, or body image concerns.

Finding what’s right for you
The insulin pump is an exciting piece of technology, but it’s not for everyone. If you are wondering whether a pump would be a good idea for your child, discuss this with both your child and your child’s health-care team. If your child is currently using a pump and is having difficulty with it, you and your child should discuss this, too, with your child’s health-care team. What’s important is that you find a method that works for you.

For a list of things to things to think about when considering insulin pumps, see “Before You Get a Pump…”. For more information on insulin pumps, see “For Further Reading.”

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