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Giving an Insulin Injection Into the Belly


Cleaning the injection site

Photo of a person cleaning the injection site and letting the skin dry

Clean the site. If you use alcohol to clean the skin, let it dry.

Pinching the skin

Photo of a person pinching a fold of skin

Slightly pinch a fold of skin between your fingers and thumb of one hand.

Inserting the needle

Photo of a person inserting the needle into the pinched-up area

Push the needle all the way into the pinched-up area.

Pushing the plunger in

Photo of a person pushing the plunger of the syringe all the way in

Let go of the pinched-up area, and push the plunger of the syringe all the way in.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Last RevisedJuly 19, 2011

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