My son is getting his first CGM & it's on the way. First, I read on a thread (that I can't seem to find) that we need special tape to help hold/keep the sensor down. And I also read that a numbing cream is also a good idea before inserting the sensor. What brand(s) do you think work the best? Thanks! Any other advice or tips are much appreciated. :)
From the outlet. I guess it charged because it is still showing charged. I never actually saw the battery charging/filling and I kept checking it. We just need to stop playing with it! lol We're so excited. :)
I have a Minimed pump and use a CGM, the tape I use is 3M Nexcare Tegaderm and I love it!!! I can usually get at least 6 days before the tape rolls up on the edges also.
I put my sensor in last Monday night and I put Opsite flexifix tape around the edges, I have been in the ocean for an hour and in several pools, taken a bunch of showers and so far nothing has even started to lift up. I just restarted the sensor last night and expect to get at least another 4-5 days out of it.
We go a few days with no tape (Opsite Flexfix) and then before his shower we put some around it. We're going 10 days per sensor and it is staying put with the Opsite Flexfix with NO rolling at all. :)
You do not need special tape to hold it down (I have used just an alcohol wipe), although I do use Skin-Tac wipes to keep the sensor on longer (helps it last the full 7+ days)
Also, in the summer while swimming I use TegaDerm to keep the water out (Since technically it only lasts 30 min in the water.
I don't use a numbing cream so I don't know much about that but most of the time it doesn't hurt. Kind of like an infusion set...sometimes if it hits a nerve it bleeds and REALLY hurts but 80% of the time it is OK.
I've had the Dexcom for 2.5 years now and feel like I know the ins and outs of it...so feel free to message me any time! I won't give other tips yet because I have the DEXCOM 7 PLUS so it may differ from the G4.
I am 40, but I made my bf (who always inserts my Dexcom sensors for me on the back of my arm) watch this video before he did mine for the first time. This is for a 3 year old who doesn't need anything to numb his arm.
Look at the way she squeezes the skin away from muscle while she has the needle in the skin. Do that and it will hurt a lot less. When you push the white plunger, that inserts the needle and when you pull up on the collar, it removes the needle. Then you can release the skin. This is true if you insert it on the back of the arm, or the abdomen. I haven't tried anywhere else. I put my Dex 7 on the back of the arm, because they don't work as well for me on the stomach. Dexcom has only done clinical trials on the locations they tell you are approved, so if you ask about the arm, unless the clinical trials for the G4 were different, they are not legally not allowed to tell you it is okay to use it there. That doesn't mean it doesn't work.
Also, it says to not inject insulin within a certain distance of the sensor, so keep that in mind.
As far as different products, keep in mind that we are all different which means different adhesives work differently on us all. YOu might have to try a few different adhesives before you find one you like. You also might get lucky and find the best one for your son on the first try. Be aware soem people also have allergies to some of the adhesives mentioned.
Oh yeah, With the Dex 7 there are instructions that say you should not enter a bg unless you are calibrating, or the number is more than 20% off. I was always updating mine, and since I was not letting it do its thing, I hated it. Now that I leave it alone more, it works better.