Dexcom G6 Woes by



@ClaudnDaye Based on my experience, this seems like the right decision to hold off on G6 for a child.


Hey Doc where are you getting the G7? The G7 looks amazing btw, can’t wait until that one is out.


@Chris Where do I sign up?!


Counterpoint here- I switched to the G6 almost as soon as it was available last June and have had almost no problems. My only stumbling block was trying to run the Dexcom software along side Xdrip+ at first. Don’t try that. It does not work.

I’m just now getting warnings that my transmitter battery will die soon, have had no sensor die before 10 days (the adhesive is another story), and have had a few special ones approach 30. Dexcom quality control could be suffering because of the high demand - my second sensor order was delayed and backordered for a while because they couldn’t keep up production which makes me think this could be an issue, but so far those sensors have been if anything even better than my first shipment.

I wonder how the number of people with problems compares to the number without. I get that it’s aggravating as hell when it happens to you and posting & complaining may help resolve your problems or at least make you feel better about them, but is the availability of all of the complaints and hidden satisfaction of everyone else warping our perception of how well this system works for most people in practice?


The pattern of issues that are being widely reported are the G6’s being utilized on children. I’m not sure what configuration these parents are using their G6’s and through which platforms and applications, but I know there are widespread errors pertaining to young patients (and quite a few older people who experience issues as well), but mainly young patients.

Not really any of this in my case. To me, it’s simple…if there are multiple reports of problems with a device, I’m just not going to take a chance with it. Especially multiple people reporting problems specifically related to my main concern, my 5-year-old son. If someone jumps out of the water and says they just got bitten by a shark, I’m not one who has to jump in “just to make sure what they’re saying is accurate.”

It’s forums like these where we learn from one another and, based on the “collective feedback” of multiple respondents, decide for ourselves how we will proceed in our individual cases.


Most likely this is true. Also, probably true that this is human nature that is made worse by the interwebs. I personally have posted numerous times, we love our G6 and have had no problems through approx. 15 sensors and have no complaints. With that said, there have been an unusual number of reports of issues in the young ones, and I am hoping Dexcom works that out in time. Glad the system is working well for you. Now that we understand the G6, bring on the G7!