Table 2

Advantages and barriers of using continuous glucose monitoring

AdvantagesDisadvantages
Increased parental confidence about child’s safety particularly in those with hypoglycaemia unawarenessSensor site skin irritations or adhesive problems
Decreased parental worry and improved sleep and quality of lifeAlerts and alarms causing disruption and alarm fatigue
Reduced need for finger-prick BG monitoringLost signal resulting in data gaps
More time spent in target glucose range—potential to improve glycaemic controlToo much information and data generated and difficulty in interpreting it
More data to inform diabetes management decisions and the ability to be connected to a pump (sensor augmented pump therapy and closed-loop systems)Lack of availability to everyone due to cost
Body image concerns among young people