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What is an insulin pump?

An insulin pump can be worn by children with diabetes to dramatically improve their quality of life.

A small catheter is inserted into the child’s skin. The catheter is connected by tubing to a reservoir that contains insulin. This pump can give steady doses of short acting insulin throughout the day, mimicking a healthy pancreas. When the child eats, an additional bolus of insulin is given to cover the carbohydrates in the meal.

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