Continuous Insulin Infusion Program for Children and Adolescents (The Pump)
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, formerly Miami 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.