Where can I insert my Dexcom G6 sensor?
Dexcom G6 sensors may be inserted on the abdomen (indicated for patients age 2 years and older) or the upper buttocks (ages 2-17 years). Sensor placement is important and you will want to change your insertion site with each sensor. Using the same site too often might not allow the skin to heal, causing scarring or skin irritation.
Choose a site:
- At least 3 inches from any insulin pump infusion set or injection site
- Away from waistbands, scarring, tattoos, irritation, and bones
- Unlikely to be bumped, pushed, or laid on while sleeping
Follow the Dexcom G6 instructions for use. If you don’t, you could experience a severe low or high glucose event. If you have any questions regarding sensor insertion, placement, or otherwise, please refer to the Dexcom G6 User Guide for additional information.
Dexcom G6 - Inserting the Sensor and Attaching the Transmitter
How long can I wear the Dexcom G6 sensor?
A single Dexcom G6 sensor can be worn up to 10 days. Learn more about G6 sensor replacement frequency and how to change your Dexcom sensor for diabetes.
How long does the Dexcom G6 transmitter last?
The transmitter battery is good for 3 months. We recommend that you have your next transmitter in hand within 3 months of starting your previous transmitter.
Is it painful to insert a Dexcom G6 sensor?
The Dexcom G6 auto applicator was designed for easier, more consistent sensor insertions. According to a survey of Dexcom G6 users, 84% reported that the initial sensor insertion was painless and 100% reported that the applicator was easy to use.