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.
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.
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 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.
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.