Fifteen-minute consultation: Insulin pumps for type 1 diabetes in children and young people

Arch Dis Child Educ Pract Ed. 2018 Jun;103(3):131-136. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2016-310884. Epub 2018 Jan 3.


There is increasing worldwide use of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusions in paediatric type 1 diabetes (T1D), reflecting recent research outcomes and guidance, as well as families' wishes. Children/young people may present acutely with medical or surgical problems, in addition to issues related to T1D. This review provides general paediatricians with an introduction to pump therapy, highlighting common problems, management issues and when to seek specialist advice.

Keywords: diabetic ketoacidosis; hypoglycaemia; insulin pump; type 1 diabetes.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Insulin / administration & dosage*
  • Insulin / therapeutic use*
  • Insulin Infusion Systems*
  • Male
  • Pediatrics / standards*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic


  • Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Insulin