G/GJ tubes: Sensitivity and irritation

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Learn how to prevent sensitivity or irritation around your child's stoma, and what to do if irritation does occur.

Key points

  • Your child’s skin may be sensitive or irritated if it is red, scaly, dry or itchy.
  • Common irritants include a sensitivity to the tape that holds the G or GJ tube to the skin, acidic stomach contents leaking from the stoma, feeding tube movement, and infection.
  • Removing the cause of the skin irritation will help your child’s skin get better.
Last updated: March 26th 2018