Nasogastric feeding tube
A nasogastric tube (NG tube) is a special tube that carries food and medicine to the stomach through the nose. It can be used for all feedings or for giving a person extra calories.
You'll learn to take good care of the tubing and the skin around the nostrils so that the skin doesn't get irritated.
Follow any specific instructions your nurse gives you. Use the information below as a reminder of what to do.
Feeding - nasogastric tube; NG tube; Bolus feeding; Continuous pump feeding; Gavage tube
What to Expect at Home
If your child has an NG tube, try to keep your child from touching or pulling on the tube.
After your nurse teaches you how to flush the tube and perform skin care around the nose, set up a daily routine for these tasks.
Flushing the Tube
Flushing the tube helps release any formula stuck to the inside of the tube. Flush the tube after each feeding, or as often as your nurse recommends.
Taking Care of the Skin
Follow these general guidelines:
When to Call the Doctor
Call your health care provider if any of the following occur:
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