Children with Pumps

Hi everyone I have a three year old getting ready to go onto a pump on the 26th of this month. I have done tons of prep. just wondering if anyone had thought to share about pumping?? Thanks so much for any and all replies.
I am a mom trying to do the best for my daughter!!!
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I have been a Type 1 for 40 years and pumping for 4. I believe pumping is the best form of insulin delivery and makes diabetes soooooo much easier.

Remember though, that a pump is not a pancreas and you will still have high and low blood sugars, but it is just easier to deal with and to avoid all those shots is a blessing in itself.

Remember too that with diabetes, every day is different and it is not an exact science.

Keep us posted and good luck. I hate the fact that children have to still be dealing with all of this. It is not easy.


Thank you so much Karen, It seems you have been dealing with this for quite a while an I will take all the support I can get this gets really tuff sometime. Thank you again!!!

If you’re looking for tips and advice, you should also message Penny. Her young son Riley (Riley is 5 or 6 - I’m not sure which) - she’ll be able to help!

Her page is here:

Good luck!

I was diagnosed at age 4 & have had diabetes for 22 years. I have only been pumping for 1 year. I have to say, I wish I’d done it sooner. This could be a wonderful opportunity for your daughter. I wish this kind of technology had been available when I was young. It could have made my life so much easier. I wish you and your daughter luck with the pump!

My 5 year old son, Reed, just switched from shots to the pump on July 11th. He has the Medtronic MiniMed 722. We love it. He prefers 1 insertion every 3 days vs. 15 shots over 3 days! The one thing that I will tell you is to request a prescription for lidocaine/prilocaine cream (brand name EMLA). We call it “magic cream” because it does work like magic!! The first time we inserted the pump we had to hold Reed down and he screamed his head off and it was VERY painful. The doctor/nurse said that he would get used to it. I was skeptical so I spoke w/a friend whose daughter has been on a pump for about 2 years and asked if her daughter got used to it. She said that she STILL cries and dreads it and worries about it the days preceding another insertion. Since I did not want that for my son, we asked the Dr. about some numbing cream. She reluctantly gave us the RX (she thinks that he should just get used to the pain). We put the “magic cream” on the spot we were going to insert and covered it with Tegaderm (you can get a box at the drugstore) (do not get bandaids-they do not work) and left it for 45-an hour. After about an hour, we took it off and wiped the cream off with a paper towel and then wiped the area with a prep wipe and inserted the pump WITH NO PAIN!!! We were all sooooooooo excited! We use it every time we insert. Yes, you have to leave it on for awhile, so planning ahead is necessary, but for us, the reward of Reed not screaming in agony and not dreading the pump insertion every 3 days, is worth it!!! Obviously, there will be times when you have to insert w/o the cream, but 1X w/pain vs. every time w/pain is definitely a better way to go!

Hey - just reading you post now. Pumping is the way to go - I hope it is going well for you. Our daughter, now 7 has been pumping for the past 2.5 years. I’m happy to answer any questions.