A nasogastric tube, or NG tube, is a long, soft-plastic tube inserted through your child's nose and down the throat into the stomach.
It delivers formula directly into the stomach to give your child the nutrition he or she needs.
NG feeding can be on a schedule or it can be ongoing, with help from a pump.
Some children are also allowed to eat or drink through the mouth while the tube is in place.
Inserting the tube is not very pleasant, but it's not painful. And your child will likely need the tube for only a short time.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to
know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate
medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to
contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
August 9, 2016
Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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