From Wellington, New Zealand:
We are a family with a 2½ year daughter diagnosed about 5 months ago with IDDM. We live in New Zealand near the capital, Wellington, and have been browsing the Net for information on children with Diabetes. We are wondering regarding the availability of the new insulin called Humalog in New Zealand (If it is or when?) We have a difficult time trying to get our daughter to eat enough or eat at all especially when she gets a cold or feels sick and this Humalog sounds great. Is it okay for one so young?
I am confident that lispro insulin (Humalog® brand) is available in New Zealand, and the hospital pharmacy in Wellington could get you details of its distribution or at least give you the telephone number of the Lilly representative.
Experience in using lispro in toddlers is still rather limited. From what there is, it seems to work fine with a more specific and shorter time frame than regular insulin. The dose initially should start at a slightly lower level if that is practical. It also has, in theory at any rate, the advantage that it can be given right after a meal so that the dose can be adjusted to appetite.
Original posting 25 Oct 96
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:52
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