- advertisement -

Dexcom - sensor on the arms

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by Amy C., Dec 16, 2013.

  1. Amy C.

    Amy C. Approved members

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2005
    Messages:
    5,560
    My son was told not to put the sensor anywhere but on his stomach. I thought the arms could be used.

    Why would he be told this? Can the arms be used for the sensor?

    He is nearly 20 and I don't go to appointments any longer.
     
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2013
  2. misscaitp

    misscaitp Approved members

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Messages:
    1,121
    I put my sensors on my arm, actually it is the only place I will put them. They work great and last longer than when I use my stomach.

    I alternate every 2 weeks between left and right arm.
     
  3. lmf1122

    lmf1122 Approved members

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2008
    Messages:
    250
    DD has been using arm sites exclusively since starting the Dexcom 4.5 years ago and they have worked great.

    I believe it's only been tested/approved for use on the abdomen, so that's all they are allowed to recommend, but many people use other areas, especially arms.
     
  4. hawkeyegirl

    hawkeyegirl Approved members

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2007
    Messages:
    13,157
    Yeah, they're not FDA approved for arms, but many (most) people use them with no issues.
     
  5. ecs1516

    ecs1516 Approved members

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2007
    Messages:
    7,028
    We have used arms since around 2009. That is all we have ever used.
     
  6. Beach bum

    Beach bum Approved members

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2005
    Messages:
    11,315
    We were told arms are fine as long as the sensor is put on horizontally and not vertically. We did forget one time and put it on vertically and it gave good readings.
     
  7. sincity2003

    sincity2003 Approved members

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2013
    Messages:
    315
    As others have said, it's only FDA approved for abdomen. It's also not FDA approved for children, but they still prescribe it and allow them to use it. We actually just got a phone call from their CDE checking on us and she said, "Have you tried his abdomen" and I said, 'Yes, but it doesn't last at all' and she said, 'Okay, it's approved for abdomen so I have to recommend that site.' We have much better luck with arm and love handle sites.
     
  8. wearingtaci

    wearingtaci Approved members

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2012
    Messages:
    374
    Weird,our CDE said if we use her arms to put it on vertically? I wonder why they would have to be one way or the other?
     
  9. Shopgirl2091

    Shopgirl2091 Approved members

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2013
    Messages:
    225
    We were told by the Dexcom rep that if we used it on the arms that it should go vertically. Same with the Thighs, he said stomach and bum should be horizontally.
     
  10. Charlotte'sMom

    Charlotte'sMom Approved members

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2008
    Messages:
    1,215
    I've only ever put it on Charlotte's arm vertically!
     
  11. Ali

    Ali Approved members

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2006
    Messages:
    2,223
    Adult here. Tried thighs, stomach, upper rear area and arms. Several times! Arms for me tend to be the best. My guess as to why is that for me a female non construction worker that the area I insert the sensor into gets good circulation but not a lot of movement that jostles the sensor around. Ali
     
  12. Beach bum

    Beach bum Approved members

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2005
    Messages:
    11,315
    I honestly don't think it matters. If meter/cgm are giving similar readings, then obviously it's ok! And how does it recognize if it's horizontal or vertical?
     
  13. swellman

    swellman Approved members

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2008
    Messages:
    3,543
    We found that using the arms was bad for us. I think it's because the arms are such a lean site that we were hitting muscle. The sensor wire was coming out in a zig-zag pattern - literally.

    The migration to the abdomen made all the difference in the world for accuracy for us. Now that he's swimming though, if he gets any leaner in the abdomen I'm not sure what we will do.
     

Share This Page

- advertisement -

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice