OmniPod Users

This group is dedicated to giving OmniPod users a place to discuss and share our experiences so that we may grow and help each other "make diabetes a smaller part of our lives."

Please note: the exchange, sale or giveaway of items between members that require a prescription from a licensed practitioner, including insulin pumps and pump supplies, is not allowed on TuDiabetes.

We encourage you to donate supplies to non-profits such as the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association and Insulin for Life, which accept insulin pumps and pump supplies (as well as other diabetes-related prescription items).

You can also approach your physician's office or local medical groups to discuss donating them to those in need of assistance in your area.

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Sticking Needle

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Major reliability improvement?

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Rash from Pod Adhesive

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Well that's a first time...

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Pod restart?

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OmniPod Newbie Guidance

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Insulet a non-preferred provider

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Comment by Jack's Mom on January 15, 2014 at 9:48am

I personally know a nine month old on the Omnipod, and several 12-18 month old babies too. The new pod is so much smaller and some of the new features are great for babies. While some things are unique, all pumps have their issues. The Omnipod has largely been a very positive experience, and we are very, very grateful to have it.

Comment by cellista8 on January 15, 2014 at 9:38am

I am glad to hear that the pod has worked well for infants! (Although I have ALWAYS been admonished by omni pod trainers and tech support to be SURE to pinch up the skin). Good news for the parents of infant type 1 ! Perhaps the discussion of problems on this site has alarmed me, along with problems that I still struggle with as a brittle type 1 adult.

Comment by bluebelle21 on January 15, 2014 at 9:34am

Every system has it's shortcomings and failures. Just look at our Glucose Meters, talk about shortcomings. It is always YDMV. We can only work with what we have available. OmniPod does have a 4 week return policy, so if you tried and hated it you could hopefully switch to something else. I would agree with Belinda about the cannula getting kinked or pulled out in a tube pump given the hectic nature of kids :)

Comment by Belinda on January 15, 2014 at 9:33am
I don't pinch up to insert. The Ypsomed trainer didn't tell me to. I've had a couple of dodgy batches of pods, but generally very few failures.
Comment by Jack's Mom on January 15, 2014 at 9:29am

I have used the pod on my infant, since he was 18 months and he is now 4 1/2, and it works fine. The new pods are awesome too, and glad we have those now.

Comment by Clare on January 15, 2014 at 9:28am

I can't speak for use on infants except that I am part of a group of 1200 Omnipod users on facebook which has a large parent community. From personal experience I like the pod, I have had very few problems or failures but I would imagine that one would have the same type of failures with a tubed pump.

Comment by HPNpilot on January 15, 2014 at 9:04am

I can't speak to the use on infants, but I can say that after a teething period on the new pod where I had lots of problems, the last couple of boxes have been flawless... no bad pods/failure. For the last couple of months it has been running as good as the old pods or better (which for me was 4-5 failures in 2 years). A key part of reducing failures for me was not filling to the max, only to 200u.

Comment by cellista8 on January 15, 2014 at 8:56am

Re: pod vs ? for infant. I agree from the point of view of the convenience of a pod for a young child/infant. But given the problems with the product, I think your approach is very idealized. You must pinch up skin to insert the catheter effectively; the pod may or may not work, and it takes time to figure that out; it will be bigger on a tiny child (I have a grand=daughter this age). No matter what product or system of injections used, treating an infant diabetic is very complex. But as I read the number and type of complaints by adults using the pod, including my own, I would certainly consult an objective Endocrinologist about whether the glitches in the new pods have been corrected well enough to rely on them for infant care. I would be glad to be proven wrong with these doubts...

Comment by Dee on January 15, 2014 at 8:44am
I agree Belinda!
Comment by Belinda on January 15, 2014 at 8:40am
I'd talk to your Endo, and remember that a child so young is a long way from understanding that they have diabetes. A tubed pump may get pulled out. The catheter insertion with tubed pumps is more of a predictable discomfort, which may make them more stressful for your daughter. With an OmniPod, you put the pod on (like a bulky sticker), sing a song / play a game & when she's distracted, you press the button & insert the catheter.

Good luck!

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