Pumps - diabetes in children

When I was first diagnosed, I used a pen injector to give myself insulin. But now I use an insulin pump instead.



As the other end of this tube is a tiny tube, called a cannula (can-you-la).

The cannula sits under your skin, usually in your tummy or bottom. The insulin runs through this tubing, from the pump to you and gives you a little bit all of the time.

Some pumps sit directly on your body, so you don't have any tubing, like an Omnipod pump. 

When you eat, you give yourself some extra insulin by pressing buttons on the pump. You have to work out how much insulin you need and this will depend on what you have eaten. Your mum or dad or someone else will help work that out. You can also give yourself some extra insulin if your blood glucose levels are high.

Can anyone use a pump?

There are some rules about who is allowed a pump. Your mum and dad can ask your doctor or nurse about this and if a pump would be good for you.


  • Some people use a pump rather than a pen to give themselves insulin.
  • Your doctor or nurse will help you decide which is best for you.
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