Any device with alarm for blood sugar?

Graham's mom
By Graham's mom Latest Reply 2010-09-30 10:29:50 -0500
Started 2010-09-29 11:36:39 -0500

Worried about my 5 year old having lows during the night. We were just Diagnosed 3 weeks ago with Type 1. Is there any device that can monitor him and alarm if he gets too low? We need sleep!!!

7 replies

kdroberts 2010-09-29 11:59:53 -0500 Report

Not really. There are continuous glucose monitors available that have alarms but they are not approved for children that age (I think 6 or 7 is the age they are). They are not super accurate and the base needs to be kept within a few feet of the sensor. The biggest problem is insurance coverage and price. They are considered experimental and are not easy to get coverage for. The cost runs at several hundred dollars a month plus a substantial up front cost, I think around $1000.

Dexcom 7+ and Minimed Guardian are the major ones. The Abbott Navigator is another but there has been a lot of problems with it over the last year or so and I don't know how that's going to end up.

monkeymommy5 2010-09-29 18:59:10 -0500 Report

my 5 yr old uses the Dexcom 7, have you considered maybe a service dog? we have several friends that have them and the dogs come to get the parents when it senses a low. I will get some info for you from them if you are interested.

Graham's mom
Graham's mom 2010-09-30 08:44:13 -0500 Report

I would love any info on the service dogs. Since it is such a new Dx they won't even talk to us about a pump untill we are 6 mts out. Yesterday at school he went from 450 to 34 after lunch and then 444 to 54 after supper. So overwhelmed and scared for him right now. Thank you!

Harlen 2010-09-29 19:55:20 -0500 Report

They work good too from two frends that have them but they are older
best wishes

Crashnot 2010-09-29 20:01:07 -0500 Report

I had a cat who used to pat my cheek if I was dozing and getting low. She was amazing. I sure do miss her!

Guardianstone 2010-09-29 21:18:09 -0500 Report

I am so sorry you lost such a special caregiver. She sounds like a special loving animal.
I have two rescue cats that take care of my husband and I when we are sick. They sit with us, trading spots with a quick update for the new nurse. They check that we are ok, and let mommy or daddy know if something is wrong. I understand how they can become a valuable part of our famlies.
They give with slight demand for food, water, clean litter, or love. We are unworthy of this devotion and trust.
Gods loveing Angels
Guardian stone

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