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A percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy is a procedure to make an opening between the skin of your child's belly and stomach. The doctor put a thin tube called a gastrostomy tube (also called a G-tube, PEG tube, or feeding tube) into your child's stomach through the opening. The tube can put liquid nutrition, fluid, and medicines directly into the stomach. The tube also may be used to drain liquid or air from the stomach.
Your child's belly may feel sore for several days. The doctor will give your child pain medicine for this. It will take about a week for the skin around the feeding tube to heal. Your child may have some yellowish mucus where the feeding tube comes out of the belly. This is normal. It's not a sign of infection.
You will need to learn how to use and care for your child's feeding tube. Your doctor may recommend that you have a nurse or dietitian visit you at home to help you get started with the feeding tube.
A feeding tube can break down over time. If this happens, the tube will be removed and replaced. Sometimes a tube is removed if your child has an infection that is getting worse. Sometimes a tube will come out by itself. Your doctor will give you instructions about what to do if this happens.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for your child to recover. But each child recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to help your child get better as quickly as possible.
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 takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any 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 12, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Thomas Emmett Francoeur MD MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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