Having a feeding tube doesn’t mean you have to stay at home all the time! Your child can still go to the park or attend school. She can even swim, travel, and camp! This section of the website includes practical tips for participating in various activities of daily life with a feeding tube, such as going to school or daycare, swimming, camping, and traveling.
At first, tube feeding in public can be really scary. This page is filled with tips–and links to some funny stories–that will help you feed successfully in public. It includes practical tips on being prepared, as well as information on handling stares and questions.
Most children with feeding tubes can still swim! Get all the important details on this page, which also includes links to information about water quality and safety. Traveling and camping, especially air travel, can be hard when your child has a lot of medical supplies. This page includes information on preparing for a trip, what to pack, and current regulations for air and train travel. It also includes an extensive section on traveling with medical liquids, such as formula.
Finding daycare and childcare for children with feeding tubes can be hard, and it can be difficult to manage feedings while there. This page provides legal information on childcare for children with feeding tubes, as well as descriptions of different types of childcare settings that may work for your family. We also include a section on the practical issues of feeding at a daycare or childcare center.
Most children with feeding tubes are still able to attend school. This page includes practical information on how to tube feed while at school. In addition, it includes guidance on training staff and students, with links to our downloadable guides for feeding pumps, and information about presentations for students and staff. We also have a secondary page that covers all aspects related to special education law, IEPs, and 504 plans.