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Like a pancreas, an insulin pump continuously delivers tiny doses of insulin to your child's body, and it replaces the need to give routine insulin injections with syringes or pens. Insulin pumps are not implanted in your child's body. They are small enough to fit in a pocket or on your child's waistband.
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It is likely that you and your child regularly seeks information that will help you best manage his or her diabetes. While many options are available, the Medtronic insulin pumps help to deliver precise, timely insulin doses 24/7, similar to the way a healthy pancreas delivers basal and bolus insulin*.
With a sturdy design and the ability to be tightly secured to the body or even detached, insulin pumps allow your child to participate in the physical activities they enjoy. In fact, because you can easily stop insulin delivery before your child begins exercising or temporarily decrease the basal insulin—something you can’t do with basal injections—your child may have greater flexibility and greater protection from dangerous lows when they’re active. A temporary target may be used during Auto Mode to temporarily set a higher sensor glucose (SG) target of 8.3 mmol/L for situations such as exercise. The target can be set for a duration up to 12 hours in 30-minute increments.
Your child has the option to wear the MiniMed™ 670G system with our waterproof design§ or disconnect the pump while swimming. Disconnecting from the pump while swimming for up to an hour is normal. Just make sure to monitor your child’s blood sugars while disconnected from the pump.
Insulin pumps are small devices so wearing a pump can be very discreet if desired. Your child can even completely hide their insulin pump by wearing it underneath their clothes.
The infusion site for your child’s pump should cause them little to no pain. In fact, your child may feel an injection more so than an infusion site insertion. It usually doesn’t take long for pump users to get used to wearing their device. Most even forget they’re wearing it until they need to deliver a bolus of insulin. What you and your child will notice, though, is the dramatic reduction in needlesticks—from 3 to 4 daily with injections (or 90-120 a month!), to only one every 2-3 days with a pump (10-15 per month!). Plus- we have a 90 day return policy on the insulin pump.**
It’s hard to place a price tag on improved glucose levels and prevention of diabetes complications, but Medtronic works hard to make it affordable for all people with diabetes. Medtronic also provides all pump purchasers a no-hassle product warranty that protects them against malfunction. Many public and private programs also cover the cost of the pump. We can help you determine your level of coverage through our complimentary insurance verification process- give us a call at 1.800.284.4416.
For contact sports, your child may decide to disconnect the pump for games and practices for up to one hour – talk to your doctor if you would like to keep the pump disconnected longer. Your child may need a snack with a small bolus before the game—your diabetes clinician will help you and your child determine the right routine to keep blood sugars stable while they enjoy sports!
While it is true that using an insulin pump gives your child more flexibility in terms of when they can eat and the types of food they can enjoy, good nutrition is still key to avoiding weight gain and maintaining target glucose levels. With the help of your healthcare team, you can help your child on a pump incorporate their favorite foods within their eating plan.
Helping your child to successfully manage their glucose with a pump is often as easy as entering the blood sugar and meal information—then pressing enter. Your child’s pump will even do the work of keeping track of active insulin, boluses delivered, carbohydrates entered, and the times everything occurs, so there’s no need to write anything down.
The MiniMed 670G system is intended for the management of Type 1 diabetes mellitus in persons age seven and older
*Refers to AutoMode. Some interaction required. Individual results may vary.
**Terms and conditions apply. The insulin pump has a 90 day return policy from date of training of the pump to a maximum of six months from pump ship date.
1. Data on file. 10,602 patient days. Pediatric Pivotal trial.
§ At the time of manufacture and when the reservoir and tubing are properly inserted, your pump is waterproof. It is protected against the effects of being underwater to a depth of up to 12 feet (3.6 meters) for up to 24 hours. See user guide for more details.
Important Safety Information The MiniMed 670G system is intended for continuous delivery of basal insulin (at user selectable rates) and administration of insulin boluses (in user selectable amounts) for the management of Type 1 diabetes mellitus in persons age seven and older requiring insulin as well as for the continuous monitoring and trending of glucose levels in the fluid under the skin. The MiniMed 670G system includes SmartGuard technology, which can be programmed to automatically adjust delivery of basal insulin based on continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), and can suspend delivery of insulin when the SG value falls below or is predicted to fall below predefined threshold values. The Guardian Sensor (3) is not intended to be used directly for making therapy adjustments, but rather to provide an indication of when a fingerstick may be required. All therapy adjustments should be based on measurements obtained using a home glucose monitor and not on values provided by the Guardian Sensor (3). Always use the fingertip for blood samples used for calibrating the sensor while in Auto Mode. The fingertip was the only site studied for use with Auto Mode. Do not use blood samples from the palm to calibrate the sensor as this site was not studied for use with Auto Mode and the performance of the system is not known.