In a study conducted by Abbott Diabetes Care, 97.5% of users aged 4-17 agreed that the FreeStyle Libre system is easier to use compared against finger prick testing2.
The FreeStyle Libre system monitors interstitial fluid glucose levels continuously, including times when you might otherwise perform finger prick monitoring3.
Children undergo finger-prick tests on average 6 times a day and dislike it for many reasons: hassle, pain and embarrassment2.
On February 4, 2016, Abbott announced that it obtained the European CE Mark for the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System for children aged 4-17 years old. This means that, with the help of their parent or caregiver4, children and young people with diabetes living in Europe are able to experience the liberation from the pain and hassle of routine finger pricks3.
1 The FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system is indicated for measuring interstitial fluid glucose levels in people (age 4 and older) with diabetes mellitus. The indication for children (age 4 - 17) is limited to those who are supervised by a caregiver who is at least 18 years of age. A caregiver at least 18 years old is responsible for supervising, managing, and assisting the child in using the FreeStyle Libre system and interpreting its readings.
2 Data on file. Abbott Diabetes Care.
3 A finger prick test using a blood glucose meter is required during times of rapidly changing glucose levels when interstitial fluid glucose levels may not accurately reflect blood glucose levels or if hypoglycaemia or impending hypoglycaemia is reported by the system or when symptoms do not match the system readings.
5 Scanning the sensor to obtain glucose values does not require lancets.
6 LibreLinkUp is a mobile application, developed and provided by Newyu. Use of LibreLinkUp requires registration with LibreView, a service provided by Abbott and Newyu, Inc. Data charges may apply when downloading the LibreLinkUp app. FreeStyle Libre readers and sensors are provided by Abbott.