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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 children the nutrition they need.
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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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 takes.
Call your doctor or nurse advice 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 advice line if your child has any problems.
Current as of: March 22, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Thomas Emmett Francoeur MD MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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