Is the sensor letting go? You can solve it with a Dia-Band
While some people have to pull very hard to get their sensor off, with my son it was often loose (and out) within a week. That's why Kaio nowadays always wears a Dia-Band for sports and swimming. Or when he just feels like it. Or when the stickers start loosening. It works great. But we've also collected many other tips on how to keep that sensor in, you can read them below.
Why is the sensor letting go?
It depends on your skin type how well the adhesive in the band aid adheres to your skin. But also water and sweat have an influence on the adhesive layer. When you're using oil, body lotion or a very nourishing shower cream right before changing, sensors and infusion sets can be out again within an hour. So don't put anything on your skin right before replacing.
It may also help to clean your skin with an alcohol wipe before inserting the sensor. This will remove any dirt and grease, but do make sure it dries before inserting. For some people, alcohol wipes work counterproductive though, so it remains a matter of trial and error. We're all different.
Though this doesn't apply to Kaio yet, if you want to place the sensor on a hairy area, it can help to shave or wax the area beforehand. Hair prevents the sensor from sticking properly to the skin and it will loosen faster.
A tip Medtronic gave us is to make holes with a needle in their band aids before application. This seems to work well for Kaio.
Finally, the adhesion of the band aid can also be influenced by the place where you attach the sensor to your body; on some places clothes can rub along the band aid or there can be more tension on the skin. See if you can find any other places on your body and always consult when in doubt with your doctor or diabetes nurse.
Tip: if you still lose your sensor despite taking these measures, then call you supplier to check whether you are eligible for a replacement sensor. We always get one!
Skin Tac Wipes
Skin Tac Wipes are wipes with extra glue that form an interlayer between your skin and the band aid. The wipes are packed per piece. You open a package and put the glue on the area where you want to insert your sensor/infusion set. We always rip the package halfway through so we don't have to touch the sticky wipe.
For some, it seems to help to give loose edges a touch up with Skin Tac throughout the week, but for Kaio that doesn't work. Skin Tac is the most invisible option for reinforcement, but unfortunately for many people Skin Tac alone is just not enough.
Price per box (50 pieces): about 20 euros (only reimbursed in some cases; ask your supplier for more information. Sometimes they'll be reimbursed for your infusion set, but not for your sensor. If you use both then order it for your infusion set ;-). The wipes can be found at almost all equipment suppliers and sometimes also at a drugstore or pharmacy.
In warm weather, your skin can be extremely irritated by the band aid. For this we use Cavilon spray. Cavilon barrier film is a non-sticking skin protector that provides a transparent barrier layer on the skin. With this you prevent irritation and protect the skin from damage caused by the band aid. In addition, Cavilon reinforces the adhesion of the tape. Cavilon provides up to 72 hours of protection, is alcohol-free and does not feel greasy.
Price per piece: around 13,95 euro. Sometimes available from medical suppliers, often at pharmacies and drugstores. Usually not reimbursed.
This white, flexible tape can be bought on a roll of two or ten meters at the pharmacy and is of the same soft material as most infusion band aids. For Kaio, it works perfectly to strengthen his sensor. I first draw the sensor and then the band aid edge with another edge around it from 1 to 1.5 cm extra. Then cut out the shape of the sensor. Sometimes we also just use a piece to stick loose edges together. That works great.
Price per piece (10cm x 10m): 17,95 euro per box (about 140 crafts) or 10cm x 2m for about 7 euro per box (about 28 handicrafts). Sometimes available from suppliers, often at pharmacies and drugstores. Usually not reimbursed.
Opsite Flexigrid is a transparent, self-adhesive film that is used to cover small wounds. It acts as a second skin or is used for fixation. The film is waterproof and individually packaged. Because it is also flexible, it can easily cover your sensor. Also you can first stick the foil on your skin and then put your sensor/infusion/Omnipod on top. This can also be useful for skin allergies. The foil is available in 10×12 centimetres or 6×7 centimetres (depending on how big your sensor is).
Box of 100 pieces with a value of 60 euro is sometimes reimbursed.
This bandage is a thin, transparent film, similar to the Opsite Flexigrid and it is latex-free. You can tape it over your sensor, or you can choose to put the film on your skin first and then stick the sensor on it (this is also a good option if you have sensitive skin and/or some skin irritation through your sensor/infusion/Omnipod). Tegaderm is available in 4,4×4,4 cm and in 6×7 cm.
Box of 100 pieces with a value of 85 euro. Available at many pharmacies, sometimes reimbursed.
Band aids and sport tape die voorkomen dat je sensor los komt
There are many other types of tape to be used: elastic sports tape (Kinesio or Cure tape) or Leukotape can also help with the reinforcement and you can even buy it in a nice colour (if that's what you like). If, in addition to bright colours, you also like a figure and don't want to do crafts yourself; there are several web shops for fixatape. in colours and figures.
A roll of Leukotape or Kinesiotape costs about 6 euros. You can buy it at drugstores and pharmacies.
And how do you get all that extra glue off?
A cotton pad with a little bit of water and baby oil is soft on your skin and removes all glue residues. One bottle of baby oil can be bought for around 2 euros.