Gastrostomy feeding tube - pump - child

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Your child has a gastrostomy tube (G-tube, or PEG tube). This is a soft, plastic tube placed into your child's stomach. It delivers nutrition (food) and medicines until your child can chew and swallow.

You'll need to learn how to give your child feedings and how to care for the G-tube. Follow any specific instructions your nurse gives you. Use the information below as a reminder of what to do.

Tube feeding

Tube feeding is a way to provide nutrition when you cannot eat or drink safely by mouth. This can happen if you are unconscious or have trouble swallowing. Besides nutrition, tube feeding can provide fluids and medicines. It can also be used to remove stomach contents. The types of tubes used include the nasogastric tube (NG tube), the gastrostomy tube (G-tube or PEG-tube), and the jejunostomy tube (J-tube or PEJ-tube). The NG tube is inserted through the nose and is used for a short time. The G-tube and J-tube are inserted through a small incision in the skin on the abdomen and are for longer-term use.

What to Expect at Home

Caring for the G-tube Site

Tips for Feeding Time With Your Child

Feeding Your Child Using a Feeding Pump

Bloating after Feeding

Giving Medicines

When to Call the Doctor