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^ Considering a few issues before using a pump ^ Using a pump with ease ^ Examining different kinds of pumps
■X our child doesn't like sticking himself with a needle, pen, or injector several times a day. Does he have an alternative? He sure does. It's called the insulin pump. About the size of a deck of cards, it uses a slowly turning screw to push the plunger of a small syringe full of rapid-acting insulin. The insulin goes through a tube and exits under the skin of your child's abdomen from a needle or plastic cannula — the infusion set — that you replace every three days or so.
This chapter covers the pros and cons of insulin pumps. You find out how to determine the insulin doses for a pump, and I also run through the different insulin pump devices on the market. See Chapter 10 for the basics of insulin, including the types of insulin available, information on dosages, and traditional methods of delivering insulin several times a day.
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