G/GJ tubes: Preventing and managing infection

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Learn how to keep your child's stoma healthy, and what to do if the stoma or surrounding area become infected.

Key points

  • Signs of infection include: redness, foul smelling discharge, green thick or white discharge, swelling around the feeding tube, abscess formation, pinpoint rash, pain and fever.
  • Always wash your hands before handling the feeding tube and the stoma.
  • Mild infections may be treated with over-the-counter antibiotics, while a prescription may be needed for more serious infections.
Last updated: September 17th 2019