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From Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA:

My granddaughter is tiny and needs to be stuck as many as 8 times a day. What is the reason for sticking fingertips all the time? Why can't other sites be used?


The fingers are the most convenient. Actually most people prefer to use the same site repeatedly as it may hurt less and often they know where they get the best drop. The lower part of the earlobe and the toes can be used (in young children), but make sure you speak to your grandchild's diabetes care provider before making any changes. There is also a device called the Vaculance which allows you to use other sites. It is best used with a meter that doesn't require a hanging drop.


Original posting 19 Mar 1999
Posted to Blood Tests and Insulin Injections


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