Nasogastric feeding tube

Feeding - nasogastric tube; NG tube; Bolus feeding; Continuous pump feeding; Gavage tube

A nasogastric tube (NG tube) is a special tube that carries food and medicine to the stomach through the nose. It can be used for all feedings or for giving a person extra calories.

You'll learn to take good care of the tubing and the skin around the nostrils so that the skin doesn't get irritated.

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

Flushing the Tube

Taking Care of the Skin

When to Call the Doctor