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Nasogastric tube in preemie have long term effects?

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Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Generally no: In preemies, an ng tube may be used to drain secretions out of the stomach, or for feeding until the baby is old enough to learn to swallow. These tiny tubes rarely cause injury or problems, and feeding directly into the gut is very important in helping grow well and prevent serious complications such as necrotizing enterocolitis. Tubes can look scary, but nicu care today is very gentle & advanced.

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