From Galloway, New Jersey, USA:
A nurse practitioner, who predominately works with adult type 2s, offered advice to a friend whose young son has type 1. She suggested that "often insulin injections are given intramuscularly so the insulin gets in faster". I am not familiar with this advice for daily care. My daughter has had type 1 for three and a half years now, and is four years old. We have always given her shots subcutaneously in her thighs, belly, bottom, or arm. Which should we be doing?
The correct rule is indeed to inject insulin always subcutaneously, remembering that absorption changes significantly depending on the site you choose. Thighs are generally quite poor for all insulins. The buttocks are fine for Lantus and NPH while belly and arm for preferred for preprandial fast acting insulins.
Original posting 14 Jun 2004
Posted to Blood Tests and Insulin Injections
|Return to the Top of This Page|
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:58
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.