Sore Cannula Site

Hi. wondering if anyone can help please. I live in the UK and have 7yr old son who has been pumping Omnipod for coming up to 2 yrs now.Over the past couple of months we have been having problems with the cannula site becoming red and because of this have been having to change pods more frequently sometimes only after just a day.When the pod is removed it just looks like a small insect bite. We have always rotated the buttocks and thighs as sites as he is very slight, He has no fat on his stomach and pod still looks too big for his arm even though we now have the smaller sized pods. Up until now have had very few issues and love the pod. Im worried we may have to go back to mdi. Any advice i would be grateful of. Thanks. Becky

call your endo because a bump might mean an infection
it looks like it to me
good luck

My sites are almost always a little red after removal. It goes away in a few hours, and is nicely healed after a few days. Best advice is to search for more spots, like leg and buttocks. Also remember you can usually rotate the pod 180 degrees on spots you've used in the past, as this moves the cannula a bit from the last time it was used there.


Not sure if this will improve the situation; i have had the same occurence some times when i first started with pods. This is what I do when applying a pod and it seems to have helped. I find if there is any movement with my pod and the canula, I get an irritation and a little sore spot. You can check the pods when they come off to see if the 2 holes are stretching at all or the pod is pulling away from the pad. If so, the cannula is probably moving around.

Instead of using alcohol wipes, I use rubbing alcohol spray instead of alcohol wipes and liquid bandage for extra adhesion. Just applied over the two small holes and the perimeter of the opening where the canula and needle injects.

I spray an area about 2"s wider than my pod, wipe well, re spray a couple of times and air dry while filling pod.

After priming remove cap and backing, I apply a small amount of liquid bandage
two the small holes and the perimeter of the opening. I let it sit for 30 secs, pinch up and apply pod. I apply pressure on the entire surface of the pod for another 30-60 seconds while the liquid bandage is drying. Then I do the insertion process.

Depending on the site on my back and buttox, I also change the angle just slightly to contour with my body movements so that it reduces the risk of catching and lifting. I apply rubber waterprroof tape or hyper fix tape to my pod to anchor it down if my site feels irritated from the canula moving or if it feels loosened in any way.

I hope this helps.