If leakage is a concern, the best strategy is prevention. See our page on Granulation Tissue, Infections, and Leakage for more information on preventing leakage. You can also use a barrier cream around the site to help prevent damage. Some doctors also recommend a mixture of barrier cream and other creams to help heal the skin around a leaky site. If skin irritation is severe, see an ostomy or wound care nurse.
Irritation at the site may also occur from tugging on the tube or the tube rubbing on clothing or during activity. Securing the tube may be helpful to prevent injury or damage to the site. See our page on G-tubes for more information.
When your child first gets his or her tube, your medical team will likely instruct you on how to care for the site. Information on site care for new tubes is available on our G-tube page.
Once the site has healed, minimal care is required. Many children simply wash the site with soap and water while taking a bath. If the site is looking a little crusty, a washcloth or swab with warm water can be used to clean it between baths.
Unless the child has a problem with granulation tissue, leakage, or infection, there is no need for ointments, creams, or dressings. It is best to keep the site dry and open to the air as much as possible. A simple cloth G-tube pad or piece of split gauze can be used around the site if desired.
Visit our page on Granulation Tissue, Infection, and Leakage to resolve additional concerns.