Insulin is available only in an
injectable form that is given into the fatty tissue just under the skin. Most
people use insulin in an injection, or shot. While it can also be given through
insulin pump or jet injector, this information does
not pertain to these devices. Get information from your child's doctor about
how to use these properly.
You will need to give your child's
insulin injections until he or she is able to give his or her own injections.
After you get over the initial anxiety, insulin injections will become a
routine part of your day. It's easy to learn the basics of preparing the
insulin (drawing it up into a syringe) and then injecting it. The new thinner,
shorter needles on insulin syringes make injections much less uncomfortable
than they used to be.
The three most important elements of success
in giving insulin injections include:
- Making sure you have the right dose of insulin,
especially if you are giving two types of insulin in the same
- Practicing how to give an injection.
insulin properly so that each dose will work effectively.
More information about children with diabetes can be
found in these topics: