Feeding: Transitioning from tube feeding to oral feeding

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Discover how to help a tube-fed child gradually adjust to feeding by mouth.

Key points

  • Talk to your child’s health-care team about when to start oral feeding and which foods are safest.
  • Help your child adjust by setting up a meal schedule, including them in family mealtimes, serving a range of age-appropriate, safe foods and letting them try to feed themselves.
  • Always be aware of any signs of distress such as coughing, refusal of feeds or difficulty breathing.
  • If your child is distressed, stop oral feeding and ask your health-care team for advice.
Last updated: November 7th 2014