Feeding Tube Information

"Do you know ..." is an educational series for patients and their families.

Feedings, venting and reflux

This handout teaches patient families how to give tube feedings, how to vent or burp the tube and what to do about reflux.

Frequently asked questions about feeding tubes

This handout answers the questions most frequently asked by parents who have children with feeding tubes.

Giving medicines through the feeding tube

This handout teaches patient families how to give medicines through the feeding tube.

How Child Life can help with tube feeding

A child life specialist can help your child cope with getting a feeding tube before and after the tube is put in. St. Jude child life specialists can also help siblings understand why the patient is getting a feeding tube and how they can help their brother or sister.

How dietitians can help with feeding tubes

Dietitians are experts in food and nutrition. They provide support and education for children with feeding tubes and their families.

How to replace a feeding tube that comes out

If your child’s feeding tube gets pulled out by accident, the stoma can close very quickly. It is important to know how to replace the tube to keep the stoma from closing.

Mouth care when your child has a feeding tube

Children with feeding tubes still need mouth care at least one (1) time each day. This handout explains what kinds of mouth care are needed.

Nasogastric tube (NG tube)

A nasogastric tube can be used to feed your child when he is unable to eat or drink by mouth. It is called a nasogastric tube because it passes through your child's nose, down his throat and into the stomach.

Skin care and dressings for feeding tube sites

This handout covers what kind of skin care is needed, steps for performing skin care, how to check the balloon on a low profile tube (button), and how to protect the tube.

Skin problems with a feeding tube

This handout covers what to do about leaking and skin irritation, granulation tissue, infection, bleeding and neutropenia while having a feeding tube.

Troubleshooting feeding tube problems

This handout teaches patient families how to handle common problems with tube feeding.

Types of tubes and sutures

This handout describes the many different kinds of feeding tubes and buttons, as well as what retention sutures are and why they might be needed.

What is a gastrostomy?

A gastrostomy is surgery that makes a small opening through the skin into the stomach or intestine. The opening is called a stoma. Your child might need a gastrostomy if he has trouble eating or drinking by mouth.