How to inject insulin as a child | Diabetes UK

How to inject insulin as a child | Diabetes UK


Hi, I’m Lauren and this is Marley. And today I’m going to show you how to inject yourself with insulin Before you do anything you have to get
your stuff ready. First of all, you need an insulin pen. A disposable one already
has the insulin in there for you but a reusable one you have to put in the
cartridge yourself. Next is your needle the needle is super small and it doesn’t go
through any muscle or vein that means it hurts a lot less. Next is your sharps bin. A sharps bin just gets rid of the needle safely, and so does a needle
clipper, but while I’m at home I use my sharps bin, and I use my needle clipper
while I’m somewhere else. Make sure you have everything before you get started.
Once your injection kit looks like mine you should be ready to go.
First thing you need to do now is make sure your hands are washed properly and
you need to make sure they’re dry properly as well. Then you’re ready to go.
Now you choose where you’re going to inject. You can inject in your stomach,
your thigh or your bottom. You have to make sure that you go from one
centimetre away from where you did it last time or you may build up hard lumps which
stops insulin going through to your body The next part is priming your pen. That
means you get rid of the air inside your needle. First, you put the needle onto
your pen. Take off both caps and put them somewhere where you can find them again.
Dial up the unit to 2 units and squirt it up into the air and let the
insulin come through Now you’ve primed your pen and you’re
ready to go You are now almost ready to inject you
already know that it does feel a bit strange, and your parents have probably
done it already for you. It does feel a bit odd at first but you’ll get used to
it. Now you’ve got rid of the air
inside your pen you can dial up to whatever unit you are about to take. I’m
about to take one unit. Then make sure where you’re injecting is clean and dry. I’m
going in my stomach. You pinch it very carefully so you don’t hurt the skin. Now,
you go through and put in the needle. Now, you push down the plunger and count to 10. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, 8,9,10. Now you remove the
needle very carefully. The last thing now to do is to get rid
of your needle safely. You can use your sharps bin or your needle clipper. I’m
going to use my sharps bin. Once your sharps bin is full, your healthcare team will
tell you how to get rid of your sharps bin safely. That’s it. It may feel
strange at first, but the more often you do it, it becomes more normal, and somedays,
if you don’t want to do it, you can just ask a parent or carer to help you. It’s ultimately about working together as a team, and managing your diabetes as best you can. just remember: check your kit, wash and
dry, choose a spot, prime your pen, inject your insulin,
count to ten and clean up

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