G/GJ tubes: Using silver nitrate to treat granulation tissue

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Silver nitrate can be used to help remove granulation tissue around your child's stoma. Learn more about silver nitrate and how to apply it to your child.

Key points

  • Silver nitrate sticks are used to help treat and remove granulation tissue around your child’s stoma.
  • Do not use silver nitrate if your child has a sensitivity to silver.
  • Applying silver nitrate may be painful. Giving your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen before application may help your child stay comfortable.
  • Always protect your child’s healthy skin with a barrier cream before applying silver nitrate to the stoma.
  • Avoid using hypertonic saline soaks and antibiotic creams on the stoma if you are applying silver nitrate.
  • Contact your G tube specialist or doctor to check the stoma after two weeks of applying silver nitrate.
Last updated: July 30th 2019