Children and Pumps: Good or Bad?
Pumps were initially avoided as a treatment option for young children because doctors feared that children would not appreciate the seriousness of the device and its controls. However, as time progressed the insulin pump became a more popular treatment option for children. Rae Lynn Johnson, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator at Arkansas Children's Hospital acknowledged, "Children have the greatest respect for their disease and understand the equipment is not a toy. We've seen that children usually respond better to the pump than to injections." Arkansas Children's Hospital is where in 2000 ten day old Maverick Colt Roe became the youngest pump user after his blood glucose levels skyrocketed to more than 10 times the normal amount. Maverick's pump controls were locked so that he and his 21 month old brother would not be able to tamper with the controls. Insulin was delivered at the basal rate and then his parents were able to administer additional insulin as needed with the simple press of a button. In only 2 days, Maverick's glucose levels were stabilized.