From Minnesota, USA:
My son, who is 9 years old, was diagnosed 2 years ago. Right now we are using a SureStep Meter. Is there anything better out there or would you still recommend this for children? What type of lancet device do most children use? Is there a gentle one you would recommend?
Children with Diabetes has reviews of blood test meters to help you make a decision on the best meter for your son. See the discussion of Blood Glucose Meters
The SureStep is not recommended by Children with Diabetes because other meters offer better features for children, notably small blood drop requirements. In addition, early models of the SureStep have been recalled due to a potentially dangerous software programming flaw that reports an error condition when blood sugar levels are extremely high.
Lancing devices and lancets are reviewed at Lancets and Lancing Devices.
For kids, an adjustable lancing device offers the most flexibility. Many new lancets are thinner than older models and are therefore less painful. Just be sure that your lancing device works with your lancets.
Original posting 10 Sep 1998
Posted to Blood Tests and Insulin Injections
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:58
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