When inserting the tube, place your child on a flat surface where there is no fall risk. Some parents prefer to change the tube with their child on a blanket on the floor.
If you have been instructed to remeasure your child before inserting the tube, follow your doctor or nurse’s procedures for measuring. Mark or locate how far you want to insert the tube. Apply lubricant to the tube and then quickly insert it into the nare (nostril), with a slightly downward and inward angle to the depth your doctor or nurse has told you is correct. If your child immediately starts coughing uncontrollably or is having difficulty breathing, remove the tube, because it may have been placed into the respiratory tract.
Once the tube is in place, secure it at least partially. You can learn more about taping on our Taping Nasal Tubes page.
Verify that the tube is correctly placed by following your doctor or nurse’s instruction for verifying the placement of the tube. Several methods are presented in the section below.