Enteral feedingEEnteral feedingEnteral feedingEnglishCardiologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)HeartCardiovascular systemConditions and diseasesAdult (19+)NA2010-01-15T05:00:00Z6.0000000000000078.0000000000000717.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Getting food and liquids through a tube going into the digestive tract is known as enteral feeding. Learn about feeding tubes and how to help your child adjust.<br></p><p>Your child may need to be fed through a feeding tube. Getting food and liquids through a tube going into the digestive tract is known as enteral feeding. </p> <p>Children tend to adjust very quickly to feeding tubes. Tube feeding is a temporary measure to help a child gain weight while good eating skills are reinforced. </p><h2> Key points </h2><ul><li>Enteral feedings can help children having problems with chewing and swallowing, gaining weight, malabsorption, reflux, or if they need breathing relief.</li> <li> NG tubes are put in through the nose and run down through the throat into the stomach.</li><li> G tubes are inserted directly into the stomach in a surgical procedure.</li><li> Children can receive formula through the tube in single doses several times a day, or opt for a continuous feeding.</li></ul>
Alimentation entéraleAAlimentation entéraleEnteral feedingFrenchCardiologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)HeartCardiovascular systemConditions and diseasesAdult (19+)NA2010-01-15T05:00:00Z6.0000000000000078.0000000000000717.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-ZL’apport en nourriture et en liquides par un tube dans le système digestif porte le nom de nutrition entérale. Familiarisez-vous avec le sujet des sondes gastriques ainsi qu’avec la manière d’aider votre enfant à s’y adapter.<p>Votre enfant devra peut-être être alimenté par sonde gastrique. L’apport en nourriture et en liquides par un tube dans le système digestif porte le nom de nutrition entérale. </p> <p>Les enfants ont tendance à s’adapter très rapidement aux sondes gastriques. La sonde gastrique est une mesure temporaire qui permet d’aider un enfant à prendre du poids pendant qu’il renforce de saines habitudes alimentaires. </p><h2> À retenir </h2><ul><li>Elle peut aider les enfants ayant des problèmes de mastication et de déglutition, de prise de poids, de malabsorption, de reflux, ou leur apporter un soulagement respiratoire.</li> <li> Les sondes naso-gastriques sont introduites par le nez et descendent dans la gorge jusqu’à l’estomac.</li><li>Les sondes gastriques sont insérées directement dans l’estomac au cours d’une intervention chirurgicale.</li><li>Les enfants peuvent recevoir du lait maternisé par la sonde sous la forme de doses uniques plusieurs fois par jour, ou par alimentation continue. </li></ul>

 

 

Enteral feeding1685.00000000000Enteral feedingEnteral feedingEEnglishCardiologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)HeartCardiovascular systemConditions and diseasesAdult (19+)NA2010-01-15T05:00:00Z6.0000000000000078.0000000000000717.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Getting food and liquids through a tube going into the digestive tract is known as enteral feeding. Learn about feeding tubes and how to help your child adjust.<br></p><p>Your child may need to be fed through a feeding tube. Getting food and liquids through a tube going into the digestive tract is known as enteral feeding. </p> <p>Children tend to adjust very quickly to feeding tubes. Tube feeding is a temporary measure to help a child gain weight while good eating skills are reinforced. </p><h2> Key points </h2><ul><li>Enteral feedings can help children having problems with chewing and swallowing, gaining weight, malabsorption, reflux, or if they need breathing relief.</li> <li> NG tubes are put in through the nose and run down through the throat into the stomach.</li><li> G tubes are inserted directly into the stomach in a surgical procedure.</li><li> Children can receive formula through the tube in single doses several times a day, or opt for a continuous feeding.</li></ul><h2>Why does your child need a feeding tube?</h2><p>There are many reasons that your child may have to start enteral feedings. These are some of those reasons:</p><ul><li>Your child may not be able to take in enough food and liquid. As a result, they may not be gaining enough weight.</li><li>Your child may have problems chewing and swallowing. This may cause the foods or liquids to go into your child’s lungs instead of the stomach. This is called aspiration.</li><li>Your child may not be able to use all the foods they eat because of their disease. This is called malabsorption.</li><li>Your child may have problems with food coming back up from the stomach. This is called reflux.</li><li>Your child may need to conserve energy, and having enteral feedings provides breathing relief.</li></ul><p>Your child’s treatment team will talk to you about why your child needs a feeding tube.</p><h2>What are the different kinds of feeding tubes?</h2><p>Different kinds of tubes can be used with children who are having trouble eating food normally, or who need additional nutrients or very frequent feedings. The nasogastric (NG) tube is a tube put in through the nose and run down through the throat into the stomach. Other tubes are inserted through a surgical procedure, by a surgeon or radiologist. They include:</p><ul><li>the gastrostomy (G) tube, inserted directly into the stomach</li><li>the jejunostomy (JT) tube, inserted directly into the intestine</li><li>the nasojejunal tube, which runs from the nose down to the intestine</li></ul> <figure> <span class="asset-image-title">Gastrostomy Tubes (G-tubes) <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/GTubes_EQUIP_ILL_EN.jpg" alt="" /> </span></figure> <h2>How does a feeding tube work?</h2><p>Formula can be fed to the child through the tube in single doses several times a day. Or the child may have a continuous feeding of formula, which the child gets over a long period of time, using a feeding pump. The formula is poured into a feeding bag and then travels through the infusion tube into feeding tube and into the child. A mechanism allows you to control how quickly the child gets the formula.</p><h2>What should your child do during a feeding?</h2><p>While your child is having a feeding, they should sit quietly doing homework, watching TV, or doing any other quiet activity. It is a good idea to make your child feel that they are still part of family meals. Have your child sit with you at the table during meals. If your child is a baby, hold them for at least part of the time while they have their feeding. Your child can go back to their normal activities when they finish feeding.</p><h2>How active can your child be?</h2><p>After your child has had the feeding tube for 10 days, the skin around it is usually healed. Your child will not need a dressing, unless the skin gets sore or infected.</p><p>Your child may have a bath in the tub or take a shower or swim 10 days after getting the feeding tube. Make sure you thoroughly dry the skin around the feeding tube afterwards. If your child’s dressing, or bandage, gets wet, it should be taken off and replaced with a new dressing.</p><p>Your child may take part in most activities. It is important that your child stay active. But you should talk to your child’s doctor first before your child plays any rough sports such as football. If your child is a baby, they may take part in infant stimulation programs. If your child is older, they can take part in gym classes.</p><h2>How will you know what to do?</h2><p>The treatment team will teach you:</p><ul><li>when and how to change dressings</li><li>how to make and store formula</li><li>how to feed your child</li><li>how to clean the feeding tube</li><li>what to do if the feeding tube moves or falls out</li><li>what to do if there are problems, such as a blocked feeding tube, infection, diarrhea or vomiting or skin problems.</li></ul> ​https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/GTubes_EQUIP_ILL_EN.jpgEnteral feeding

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