The colorful kit helping children with diabetes manage their injections with temporary tattoos


No child is eager to be vaccinated, but for children with type 1 diabetes, insulin injections are a part of everyday life. When New York City Parsons School of Design graduate Renata Souza Luque saw how routine was taking its toll on her cousin Thomas, 7, she designed a product to make the process a little easier for kids. . Like him. The result, Thomy, is a toolkit that aims to make insulin injections less intimidating for young diabetics, as Dezeen reports.

The brightly colored, easy-to-carry kit is designed for ages 4 and up, with an insulin pen specially designed to fit in a child’s hand. Besides being easier to hold and use for kids, the Thomy Pen is designed to be more fun than your average insulin injector. It has a thermochromic relief valve, so that when it touches the patient’s skin, it starts to change color. Color morphing is not used for medical purposes, but it does provide children with a distraction while they are being injected.

The kit also includes playful temporary tattoos to help kids figure out where their injections need to go. People with diabetes need to change injection sites regularly to prevent lumps of fat from forming under the skin, and for patients who inject multiple times a day, it can be difficult to keep track of specific points. Children can apply one of Thomy’s temporary tattoos to their injection sites as a card for their pictures. Whenever they need an injection, they wipe off one of the colored dots on the tattoo with alcohol and insert the needle in its place. When all the stitches are gone, it’s time to move on to a new area of ​​skin.

Souza Luque originally created Thomy for her senior synthesis project, and last year she was named a national finalist for the James Dyson Awards. Most recently, she presented the concept at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town at the end of February.

[h/t Dezeen]


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