Every child with a feeding tube is unique, and each one faces unique challenges. But, virtually all require a little assistance with tube sites (stomas), equipment, feeding tolerance and feeding schedules, or emergencies such as a tube being pulled out. This section will help you through all these common challenges.
Sometimes a child’s tube site or stoma has problems with leakage, infection, irritation, or tissue growth. Usually these are minor and can be easily resolved. This section of our website takes a look at these potential complications and offers preventative tips, as well as information on diagnosing and treating problems. It includes pages on Skin, Site and Oral Care, troubleshooting Granulation Tissue, Infection, or Leakage at or around the site, and Site Closure after tube removal.
Some of the most common questions we get, as well as the most significant, have to do with children who are not tolerating their feeds. They may have pain, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or other uncomfortable symptoms. If your child is not tolerating feeds, we have many suggestions for improving his comfort and health. Get started on our Feed Intolerance page. Information specific to individual symptoms can be found on our pages on Vomiting and Retching, Constipation and Diarrhea, and Gas, Bloating, and Bacterial Overgrowth pages. Finally, find out how to handle an Illness, such as a cold or stomach bug.
This section of our website is devoted to emergency situations and preparedness. Get started with general Preparedness to make sure you have a plan. Finally, learn how to prepare for tube feeding during a Power Outage.