Pediatric Diabetes Treatment Center

Diabetes affects 123,000 children or one in 500 in the United States. The Pediatric Diabetes Treatment Center at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, treats 100 new children annually on an inpatient basis and treats several hundred children in our outpatient center.
Due to the complexity of diabetes in children, the child, family, and medical team create a plan for living, eating, learning, exercising, and playing that promotes wellness, monitors the disease, and provides support. Each child is treated individually and personally. Many of our staff members are bilingual and ready to assist patients and their families at all times.

Insulin Pump

Continuous Insulin Infusion Program for Children and Adolescents

The treatment of diabetes in children has evolved from just one or two injections per day to multiple injections or constant insulin infusion through a diabetes insulin pump, often referred to as "The Pump." The reason for this change is that the goal of insulin therapy is to keep blood sugars as close to normal as possible, thus alleviating complications associated with high blood sugar. The advantages of "The Pump" are to increase flexibility of lifestyle while improving blood sugar control.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital has designed a program to help you and your child make the transition from injections to the diabetes insulin pump. You will meet with one of our diabetes educators to learn about the various pump models and infusion sets available enabling you to make an informed decision on the best fit for your child. You may also need to meet with a dietician to review and/or fine tune carbohydrate counting skills. Once you have starting using the insulin pump, we will ask you to fax or email results of your child's daily testing for a two week period after the pump is started.

This program is specifically designed to be less intrusive in your lifestyle and get you and your child back into your routine as soon as possible.

A Team Approach to Care

The Pediatric Diabetes Treatment Center at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, consists of board certified pediatric endocrinologists and a multi-specialty trained pediatric staff (certified diabetes nurse educator, registered dietician, child life specialist, pharmacist, social worker and psychologist).

Together they treat diabetes in children with a tailored program that fits the needs of the child and family, and promotes the outcomes desired of the medical team. The division is supported by a full-service on site laboratory and outpatient center for your convenience. The division also sponsors a Diabetes Summer Camp  for children with diabetes.

Web Resources for Children with Diabetes

Contact Endocrinology & Diabetes
786-624-2778

Meet Dr. Monica Dussan, Pediatric Endocrinologist
Meet Dr. Monica Dussan, Pediatric Endocrinologist.

Service Locations

Nicklaus Children's Aventura Care Center
20295 NE 29th Place
Suite 300
Aventura, FL 33180

Nicklaus Children's Boynton Beach Care Center
10383 Hagen Ranch Rd.
Suite 200
Boynton Beach, FL 33437

Nicklaus Children's Dan Marino Outpatient Center
2900 S. Commerce Parkway
Weston, FL 33331

Nicklaus Children's Doral Outpatient Center
3601 NW 107th Avenue
Doral, FL 33178

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Main Campus
3100 SW 62nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33155

Nicklaus Children's Miami Lakes Outpatient Center
15025 NW 77 Avenue
Miami Lakes, FL 33014

Nicklaus Children's Palm Beach Gardens Outpatient Center
11310 Legacy Avenue
Legacy Place
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Nicklaus Children's West Kendall Outpatient Center
13400 SW 120th Street
Suite 100
Miami, FL 33186