Thats crazy to think about, I have always been told to change the lancet every time I used it, but I have never listened to that and I change mine only when it gets too dull or whenever I think about it but I bet I average about exactly that about 8 times per year thats funny.
If it were for me, about 8 times a year sounds about right. I remember the day when I first read that it was OK to reuse the same lancet more than ONCE in Dr. Bernstein's book... it was like a REVELATION!!! :D
The very safest, most sterile thing to do is change it every time. I've never done that. I still have the box of lancets they gave me when I was Dx, 4 years ago. I haven't used half.
How much you want to change your lancet is a tricky decision... I don't change mine every time because it's enormously inconvenient, as I test 10-15 times a day or so, and makes me want to test less. I also have 4 meters, and use them all, and each one gets a new lancet every month or two, so it averages out that each lancet gets about 2 weeks of checks.
If I had a D kid, I'd probably use 1/day.
I once used one so many times that its angled tip sort of folded over on itself and it stopped working.
Same here. So roughly one lancet to every 50 tests, or 5 - 7 days.
They DO get dull and hurt more as time goes on, so I don't like to leave them longer than that. The first days lancing is pain free, and slowly it gets more & more noticeable, and my fingers get bigger & bigger marks, until I finally switch over.
I'd never change more often than maybe every 2 - 3 days, seems a total waste really. For kids I'd change more often as they tend to be more germy creatures! And feel the pain more on their sensitive fingers. But I doubt there'd be any problem with reusing a lancet at least a few times, if the child didn't mind.
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