A Child Has Shugar Diabetes. Injecting Insulin
Daily chore of injecting insulin is a normal part of life if your child has Type 1 sugar diabetes. For many parents, injecting a child with insulin is arguably one of the most dreaded chores to overcome. Some parets are scared of needles to begin with, not to mention giving an insulin injection to the kid.
Godd news for parents who have a child affected with Type 1 sugar diabetes is in that children quickly become very proficient at administering their own insulin without any help. In the beginning it is mandatory for parents to learn everything about dosage calculating, mixing and administering insulin. Then afterwards they can teach a child by example. Other caregivers such as babysitters and relatives should also learn about insulin injecton routine to be able to help a child with sugar diabetes if needed. Children must be supervised and guided while preparing and injecting their own insulin to ensure that the dose is accurate and insulin is actually injected. Kids can be really sneaky on this. And now is as good time as any to look at those very tempting ads to the right. I know you can’t resist! © Supervision of children with diabetes while injecting their own insulin is very important to instill thorough understanding of sugar diabetes and that insulin can be dangerous if too much is given at one time.
There are different ways to administer insulin to a child with sugar diabetes. Most common way is injecting with a syringe specifically designed to measure insulin. Generaly, children with sugar diabetes prefer finer needles because they hurt less, much less. While shorter needles may be more comfortable for younger or thinner children, teenagers may choose longer needles to ensure the insulin is injected at the right depth.
Insulin injections must be done every day several times a day for the rest of the life of a child affected with sugar diabetes. Injections are done in a pattern, to avoid using exactly the same spot over and over again. There are four safe areas for insulin injections:
1. Thighs: top and outer areas only. Do not use the inner side or back of the tigh, and stay about four of the child’s finger-widths away wrom the knee and groin.
2. Buttocks: fleshy area, most common place for any medication injection.
3. Abdomen: right across the abdomen, from just below the ribcage to well below the belt line. Stay away from the navel, though.
4. Upper arms: fleshy area on the side and back of the arms. Avoid the muscle in the shoulder, and stay clear from the elbow.
Insulin absorption is most predictable when injected in the buttocks or abdomen area. Avoid injecting insulin into the arms or thighs if a child planning lots of exercise and other activities. Make sure that your child rotate injection site to avoid lipohypertrophy and scar tissue.
Other way to inject insulin is using more convenient method of injection by insulin pen. It is a pen-like device loaded with insulin cartridge. By adjusting the special dial, you control the required dose. A child then push down a button on the end of the pen and, lo and behold, the insulin is delivered. Insulin pen is more discreet and quicker to prepare than a syringe. But insulin pen is more expensive than traditional insulin syringe and can’t give two kinds of insulin in one injection.