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Tube Feeding Babies and Kids With Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

A feeding tube is a medical device used to provide nutrition to patients who cannot or will not obtain nutrition orally. The state of being fed by a feeding tube is called enteral feeding or tube feeding. Placement may be temporary for the treatment of acute conditions, usually with nasal tubes, or lifelong in the case of chronic disabilities in which case a tube is placed surgically directly into the stomach or small intestine. Many children with GERD learn that food hurts and gain such negative associations with it, they actually refuse to eat.  Many of these kids will require either temporary or long term tube feedings to survive, grow and thrive.

ABOUT TUBE FEEDING (ENTERAL NUTRITION) SO YOUR CHILD NEEDS TO BE TUBE FED? TUBE FEEDING TIPS

Sometimes babies and children with GERD begin to learn that when they eat, they hurt. They begin to become difficult feeders and many will down right refuse to eat just trying to stop their pain. Severe oral and feeding aversions can result as the baby   (...)

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NG (naso-gastric) and NJ (naso-jejunum) tubes are temporary fixes for a child who is not gaining enough weight or is unable to eat orally. It is a very narrow tube threaded through your child’s nose down to his stomach or jejunum.   (...)

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For over 16 months, my husband and I did everything in our power to avoid a fundo and G-tube for Ava, but in the end, she made our decision for us. One month after her fundo, our GI placed a PEG tube endoscopically, and 3 days later, they sent us (...)

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