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Continuous Feeding an Infant or Toddler Overnight

Many parents struggle with overnight feedings because they fear their child will strangle him- or herself. We always keep the IV pole a few inches from the foot of the crib. If the child tangles, the line should pull the pole into the crib making a noise we (the parents) will hear.

With an NG (nasogastric) tube, most parents will tape the feeding set tubing down the child’s back and leg. With a G- or GJ-tube (gastrostomy or gastrostomy-jejunostomy), parents usually secure the extension set either with tape on the tummy or by creating a tape tab that can be pinned to the child’s pajamas. The extension set is run down the leg of the pajamas.

Those with more active children have used a section of hollowed out pool noodle or an empty paper towel roll to corral the excess tubing and prevent tangling.

Editor’s note: If your concerns are too overwhelming, consider discussing with your clinician whether you can tube feed during the day.

—Traci Nagy
supertubiemomma@gmail.com

LifelineLetter, July/August 2011

 

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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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