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Insulin pumps for children

Hi there,

I need to hear from people that have had exposure/ experience with children using insulin pumps for Type 1 Diabetes.

How old are the children? How easily have the children adapted to it? Does it control the levels better?

Any useful information really when it comes to children that have used insulin pumps would be very helpful.

Thanks so much!

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  1. My 7yr old daughter has been on an insulin pump for 15 months – it’s changed our life in the most positive way! Feel free to email me!

    • Hi Tiffany!
      So happy to hear that you’ve had a good experience with the pump. Could you tell us how you were able to motivate your medical aid to cover it, or did you pay for it yourself? That’s the question we get asked the most!

    • Rietta Oosthuizen Rietta Oosthuizen

      Hi Tiffany

      I just want to know where did you buy the pump and what was the costs.

    • Rentia Thompson Rentia Thompson

      Hi Tiffany can I pleae have your email address? Want more info on the insulin pump for my daughter.


  2. my daughter has been on the pump for 3 months and felt uncomfortable with it.her levels did improve, however she has since gone back to taking insulin the normal way.i have paid cash for the pump as my medical aid did not cover it.i wish to sell the pump at a discounted price.if interested please e mail me on

  3. Renata Renata

    Hi all,

    I am currently investigating getting an insulin pump for my 8-year-old niece. She has been a Type 1 diabetic for a year now. I will have to upgrade her medical aid to a comprehensive plan (which is very expensive) but I would appreciate any feedback from any one who has had experience with pumps. We have had problems with highs during the day – she only gets insulin in the morning and the evening now. I believe a pump would change her life drastically. Please mail me on if you have any advice. Many thanks.

  4. Derick Derick

    Hi everyone,

    I’m happy to see that I’m not the only parent wanting to streamline or simplify my daughter’s life, opting to move over to an Insulin pump to make her life easier and give me and the wife some comfort. She was diagnosed at age 10 and is turning 13 in Sept 2020. I read up on choices of pumps in SA and did the comparison as well, quite astonishing what these pumps are capable of doing. My first question is where do I purchase a pump, whether its Medtronic, Roche etc. I have been on both websites but cant succeed in tracking down a product, price or availability that will satisfy my daughter’s needs. I need some advice please, my mail is
    I believe that a pump will change her life and ours as well.


    • Hi Derick!
      I’m sure it will make a huge difference to your daughter’s life. The way pumps work in SA is that you work through a rep in your area – if you email or call Medtronic or Roche, they’ll either take your number and get the rep to call you, or give you the rep’s number to call directly.
      Good luck!

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