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Tube Feeding Tips: Clip Helps Avoid Drips

Clip Helps Avoid Drips

I have had a problem with the tube pressure causing top dripping or the tube to open and spill out my stomach contents. I tried one of the Velcro pouches with a strap but found it to be one of the most uncomfortable things I have ever worn; also, it did not stop drips.

So I came up with a solution that works for me, using gravity. I use a pair of 1-inch lanyard clips and an elasticized shoelace. One clip fits perfectly around the tube just below the opening and the other goes on the shoestring, which I wear as a necklace. Then I clip the two clips together. This holds the tube higher, near my shirt neckline, and since the top is higher than my stomach, it does not drip. A secondary benefit is that the tube is now much easier to reach for my five feedings a day.

Besides the comfort, I really appreciate the low cost and convenience. You can find the parts you need for this almost anywhere.

—Floyd T. Greenman
Chatsworth, CA

fgreenman@socal.rr.com

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This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.

 

Updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. 

 

This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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