The Nutrition4Kids website (developed by my partner Stan Cohen) has a lot of useful information for families. Here is a link to a recent addition: 5 Signs Your Child Needs a Feeding Tube
Reasons for needing a feeding tube…
- Medical necessity, where the child can’t meet their calorie needs due to a medical condition (like, say, a heart defect, neurologic and neuromuscular disorders, or a digestive disorder.)
- Failure to thrive, often because of food aversions…
- Trouble learning to suck, swallow, and breathe
Here are some of the most common signs your child may benefit from a feeding tube.
- Sign #1: Your Physician Brings It Up
- Sign #2: You’ve Noticed Development Delays
- Sign #3: They’re Malnourished or Chronically Dehydrated
- Sign #4: You’ve Tried Other Options Without Success
- Sign #5: You’re Feeling Helpless as the Caregiver
If your child does end up needing enteral nutrition, understand that it doesn’t always mean it’s a forever situation.
Related blog posts:
- Which kids who aspirate need a gastrostomy tube?
- Long-term Outcomes with Pediatric PEG Placement
- Helpful Position Paper: …Gastrostomy in Children | gutsandgrowth
- Less stress after gastrostomy tube placement | gutsandgrowth
- PEG Decisions | gutsandgrowth
www.feedingtubeawareness.com This site contains a terrific PDF download which explains enteral tubes in an easy to understand style along with good graphics. “What You Need to Know Now, A Parent’s Introduction to Tube Feeding is the guidebook that every parent wished they had when they were first introduced to feeding tubes.”