If your child with a feeding tube still eats orally or is in the process of learning how to eat orally, this section of our website is for you! It includes information for children who are trying to overcome sensory issues related to feeding or oral aversions. It also discusses feeding therapy and tube weaning for children who are in the process of becoming oral eaters.
This page discusses how many children with feeding tubes are also able to eat orally. It also describes how oral aversions are common in children with feeding tubes, especially those who had an extended NICU stay, were intubated, who had a lot of medical procedures, or who had an NG-tube for an extended period of time. It provides a list of tools that may help overcome oral aversions, and links to external resources for overcoming oral aversions.
Does your child need to develop the skills to eat and drink? Our page on feeding therapy shares parent stories and tips from those who have gone through the process. Included are tips for funding feeding therapy, as well as brief descriptions of the many different styles of feeding therapy currently available. We also include external links to various articles about feeding therapy methods.
When your child no longer has a medical need for the feeding tube, it is time to wean! We provide information on different methods of weaning, and share the stories of parents who have gone through the process.