My son is 3 years old and we are ready to start pumping! We have it narrowed down to the Omnipod or Animas. Last week we tested the omnipod (with saline) and we really liked not having to mess with tubes and it didn't seem to bother him much (wearing it). Now today we're testing the Animas. It is so much harder for us to deal with these tubes! Going potty, taking a bath, going to bed...it has all been a struggle. I'd pick the omnipod but I hear mixed reviews about it's effectiveness and some people have defected pods on a regular basis.
Please give me your honest thoughts!
We just made this decision for our 3yr old daughter. In fact we go in today to get started with the pump. We chose the Animas Ping. Her father and I were pushing for the Omnipod but after trying both out it was clear for us - she wanted the Ping. In addition the smaller units of insulin that the Ping offers is suppose to make adjustments much easier. She is so little so being able to tweek the insulin in smaller units is important. The biggest reason though was that removing the pod even with adhesive remover made her cry & left a mark that lasted for a few days. She HATED it. Plus she hated how bulky it was. She typically sleeps through the night, but with the Omnipod on she woke us up numerous times b/c she was uncomfortable. it was too big for her body. I thought when we went to do the Ping afterwards she would hate the tubing, & hate it too but it never bothered her. Obviously I can only speak about what she liked. I would go with whatever your son tolerated the best. Good Luck!
I completely agree with letting the kid decide. I don't believe there is a "best" pump, and we had the opposite experience. My son's reaction to the Animas was against the tubing (although I have heard most people adjust to that) but it was really more about the painful insertion of the first one he tried. It could have been a fluke but there was no selling him on it after that. I have no idea why the first painful removal of a pod didn't cause the same reaction - but now he's used to it, just like others get used to the tubing I guess. Either way - he's happy, just like your daughter is happy with the Ping, and that's all I really wanted with a pump anyway.
I also wanted to add, that your endo might not have as much experience with omnipod and they feel more comfortable with what they know, our omnipod clinical specialist that came to the house was awesome, if you do go with omnipod, stay connected with your rep, the omnipod support is good with their product and are eager to help and easy to get on the phone when you need assistance but they are not medically trained. ultimately you have to go with what you are comfortable with and what your little guys tolerates better good luck with what ever you decide! amy
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