Parents and caregivers can learn how to place, or “drop,” an NG-tube at home. You will need to be taught by a medical professional, because the correct placement is very important. Learning to replace the tube yourself makes it a lot easier to do routine changes and replace a tube that gets pulled out at home. You will need to check the placement of the nasal tube after you insert it. It is a good idea to confirm placement before the start of each feed and if your child vomits forcefully. You can get more information on NG tube placement, including videos, on our NG Tube Placement and Verification page.
Taping the tube properly to the face can also make a world of difference. Learn how on our Taping Nasal Tubes page.
NJ-tubes, and some ND-tubes, need to be placed by a radiologist with X-ray guidance to ensure correct placement. They cannot be changed at home.