Nasogastric (NG) tube feeding: Common problems

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Learn how to treat common problems with your child's nasogastric (NG) tube feeding.

Key points

  • Problems that occur when putting in the NG tube include choking, coughing, trouble breathing and turning pale.
  • Problems that occur during feeding can include vomiting and stomach bloating.
  • Sometimes the NG tube may have moved and the mark you made on it is no longer at the nostril.
  • Your child has diarrhea that could be due to the speed of the feeds or a stomach infection.
  • Sometimes the tape on your child's face is irritates their skin.
Last updated: June 8th 2017