Hello, I am almost out of my current skin prep for my sons omnipod. I was wondering what everyone recommends. I've heard that opsite flexifix works good but when i looked iit up online is seemed more like tape. Sometime we just prep with alcohol but we are going into easier weather here. Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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Jan, it's great for both. Skin irritations and adhesion. The film stays on your skin much better then the pod alone does. I spent a week at the beach a few months back and the pod pulled away once while diving into waves, but it was the pod coming off it's own adhesive. The film stayed on fine. I then replaced the pod, but remembered reading here that superglue helps...so I placed a few drops between the pod and it's adhesive to minimize the possibility of it happening again...and it worked. Regarding using the idea of using the Tegaderm, I suppose I did come up with it myself...my pod sites work best on top of my thighs and I think the combination of shaving the hair off first, the skin tack, and the pod adhesive, over time started irritating my skin and rash-like patches appeared after removing the adhesive glue. I had a few Tegaderms laying around that I used previously for covering up a blister on my foot, so I gave it a try.
We have used different things over the past year but with the recalls on the foil packs for IV Prep, Desolve and Alcohol Preps we are now not using much. When my son first went on the pump, he got a infection from covering shaving bumps witht he pod. Someone recommended Hibistat and we used it to prep for a while instead of IV Prep. We lost our supplier of the smaller quantities and the larger quantities were drying out before we could use them. His itching seems to be reduced without it as some of the skin preps are more drying than others.

Currently, he changes in the am after a shower (unless occlusion, etc) and he uses Bard Protective Barrier Film. The shower make the old pod fairly easy to remove without the Desolve (our CDE recommendes baby oil but he hated that and it is not convenient to carry around like a foil pack) and we started using the Bard Barrier after itching became a problem. I do think discontinuing the Hibistat has helped the itching problem as much as the Bard Barrier.

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