Depending on what type of feeding tube your child has, physical care of his or her mouth, nose and tube site are important. This section includes tips for personal care.
Whether your child is receiving their feeding through a gastrostomy or jejunostomy tube, or through a nasogastric or nasointestinal tube, it's important to maintain good oral health. The following steps are recommended to keep your child's mouth as clean as possible. Follow any other special instructions from your child's healthcare team.
If your child is taking their feeding through a nasogastric or nasointestinal tube, the tube passing through their nose may cause mild soreness or you may notice some thick, crusty mucus in your child's nostrils. It is important to take care of your child's nose. Follow these steps:
If your child has a gastrostomy or jejunostomy tube, care of the skin surrounding the feeding site is very important.
Follow these steps:
For the child who is being tube-fed and not taking anything by mouth, it may be easy to overlook the fact that using their mouth, whether to drink, eat or suck, is a normal part of feeding and promotes growth and development.
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