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Dexcom keeps getting caught on pool lap lane

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by BrendaK, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. BrendaK

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    Need some tips on how to keep a Dexcom on during swim practice. Carson joined a swim team this fall and is swimming a lot of backstroke. Both Monday night and tonight the Dexcom that he wears on the back of his arm got caught on the lap lane and ripped off. I can see how easily it happens with backstroke.

    Does anyone have any tips on something he can wrap around it to keep it from getting caught? He wore a compression arm sleeve over it a few years ago for football, but it's too long for swimming. Would athletic tape stick?
     
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  3. BrendaK

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    Ha, I didn't even think of that and Carson and I are both runners!! Although I've never ever used the tape and I really don't get quite what it's for -- except my cousin told me it kept her knee caps in place when she ran. (And I'm thinking I wouldn't be running if my kneecaps jiggled....but that's another topic). I'm going to go to Sports Authority tomorrow and see what they have. He has practice again tomorrow night and I really don't want to go through 3 sensors in 1 week!
     
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    What about just some coban type wrap, the kinesio tape will get expensive. I actually buy vet wrap, from a vet supply store, it's basically coban but cheaper!
    http://www.amazon.com/COBAN-ELASTIC...?ie=UTF8&qid=1380768571&sr=8-6&keywords=coban
    http://www.amazon.com/Gifted-Horse-Vet-Wrap-Black/dp/B0000B3BV4

    No need for it here so can't give it a personal review, but I always thought this product looked nifty:
    http://www.bands4life.net/
     
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    We use vet wrap to keep the Dex on during swimming and it works well. Just wrap around the arm and tuck the end under the wrapped part. Bonus is that it's cheap! :)
     
  7. BrendaK

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    Where can I go buy vet wrap? Or do I have to order online?
     
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    I've seen vet wrap at Target. Also, Petco.
     
  9. BrendaK

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    Thanks! Can you tell we don't have any pets?!?! :rolleyes:
     
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    We get our vet wrap at Farm and Fleet.
     
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    TSC,Big R or any farm or tack shop will will it with the horse grooming supplies
     
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    $2 per roll, lots of color choices.

    We use the lower back for the sensors. Would changing site location help?
     
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    we get our colored vet wrap at Petsmart for much cheaper that Walmart.
     
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    My daughter uses something like this tubular bandage. She likes it because it breathes. It fits pretty snugly on her arm and you can reuse them. We just cut to fit over her pods.
     
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    Just a word of caution about the vet wrap, unlike coban and most similar products sold for first aid, it is NOT latex free and the packaging isn't always as obvious to that fact as it should be.
     
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    ok, this may sound weird, but Isaac actually prefers it to the wrap...we cut off the top portion of an old small shorter sock (so about 2 inches of ribbing) and he wears that over his dexcom on his arm when swimming. It is cotton, so we can rewash them, it's breathable, and he can take it off without it leaving any sticky (itchy to him) residue. So, for us it's no cost - just an old sock or two...and if we loose them no biggie, just snip another one. He has also used a wrist sweat band over them, but those don't stay as well and aren't as wide.
     
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    The vet tape was perfect! Thank for all of the suggestions. Will probably try out a few more of them if he keeps up the swim team.
     
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    My oldest daughter does competitive swimming. She had to tape her arm because of shoulder pain. Her coaches recommended KT tape. However, I'm not sure how it would work around the arm. I'd try the vet tape, or hypafix, or maybe just a tube sock with the ends cut off so its just the stretchy part.
     

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