FACT Some children have medical conditions that will require them to have feeding tubes their whole lives. But for many children, tube feeding is temporary. Children are able to wean off their feeding tubes once they are no longer medically necessary. It is often difficult to estimate how long a feeding tube will be needed, especially if the child’s medical condition is not yet fully understood.
FACT Just like everything in parenting, you will make mistakes and learn from them. Don’t panic when you do. We all have made mistakes. There can be a bit of trial and error in the beginning. Tube feeding isn’t one size fits all. Learning what is best for your child is a step-by-step process, particularly with infants and children who are unable to tell us what they are feeling.
FACT Tube feeding itself does not limit a child’s ability to roll around, play, climb, run, swim or play sports. A child’s physical ability will not be impacted by having a feeding tube. Even children who feed continuously can wear feeding pumps in backpacks and still be active.
FACT It is easy for parents and caregivers to learn how to use the feeding tube safely at home. Very few parents have any medical background before they begin the feeding tube journey.
FACT You can tube feed breast milk, formula, or blended foods. The diet can vary based on your child’s medical condition and tolerance.