Nasogastric (NG) Tube: How to insert your child's NG tube

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A guide on how to insert your child's nasogastric tube and how to check to make sure the placement inside your child is correct.

Key points

  • A soft silastic nasogastric (NG) tube is a long, thin, hollow tube which is passed through a nostril of the nose into the throat and down into the stomach.
  • Each time you insert the tube, try to go from one nostril to the other with each change.
  • You must check the placement of the NG tube each time it is inserted, used for feeds or to give medications.
  • If the tube is in the airway, your child may choke, cough or have trouble breathing. If this happens, remove the NG tube right away. Let your child rest and start again once they feel better.
Last updated: January 26th 2024