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Gastrostomy Feeding Guidelines
No: long term use of nasogastric tube can cause erosion to the nose and nostrils and can cause all kind of sinus problems if tube feeding warranted the use PEG tube which a tube that could go directly to the stomach via the abdomen bypassing the upper part and could be inserted by a scope no need for surgery or anesthesia and tolerated by any body regardless how sick they are it could be done bed side ...Read more
Possibly not: one meant to feed through esophagus which does not make any sense medically the other is a tube passed through the esophagus to the stomach for feeding purposes no body use that for long term now if some body had an esophageal surgery because of rupture or perforation or had complication from and esophageal surgery like a leak could end up with opening to vent the esophagus and or in stomach ...Read more
Simple bypass: Ng feeding is a simple and short term way to maintain enteral ( using the digestive tract) feedings to maintain adequate nutrition while a patient is not aleart enough to feed or has problems with the swallowing process. If the patient has long term needs, a tube thru the abdominal wall to the stomach can do the same thing.Good nutrition is important to healing. ...Read more
What are the cons of exclusively pumping breast milk and feeding baby using bottle versus breast feeding?
Efficency: It's more efficient to breast feed than to pump & then bottle feed. You also avoid any risk of less than perfectly sterile bottles causing the milk to carry an infection. In addition, baby's nursing tends to trigger you to produce more milk than pumping. That said, having breast fed both my kids, pumping when i was away & nursing when i was with baby was a very effective compromise. ...Read more
3 week old baby eats 2.5oz of breast milk every 2-4 hrs, with 2-3 supplemental formula bottles included in her daily feedings. Is she eating enough?
Hard to say: If she's playful, interactive and starting to fill out it is likely enough.Having her weighed to see is also an option but once a week is often enough to monitor weight.Most at her age will put on at least an ounce a day. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the age and the weight of the child as well as on where you are going to use them, what are you using them for and for how long. ...Read more
Location: The location of the tube tells which one it is. A nasogastric tube is a temporary tube placed through the nose into the stomach. It can be used to remove fluid from the stomach, or used for instilling liquid food. A gastrostomy tube is a surgically placed tube through the abdominal skin into the stomach, usually used for longer term nutritional liquid feeding. ...Read more
Is it safe for a patient to receive a TPN feed through a GJ Tube?My sis has severe Mastocytosis & Gastroparesis, and enteral feeding tube didn't work.
Not a question of : safety, rather why give a parenteral feeding, enterally, might not be absorbed efficiently and an expensive preparation would be wasted. The G-J tube is meant to bypass the stomach and go right into the small intestine, there are preparations meant to be used this way that don't need stomach digestive process, ask the doctors/dietician about, wish you and your sister wellness ...Read more
My 7 month old baby not feeding milk throigh bottle where as feeding through breast.is it worrisome? other wise eating solids well.
For some women yes: Breast feeding does change the breast contour for most women in some fashion. The benefits far outweigh the vanity cost. Breasts were meant for this purpose and if a mom has the opportunity to breast feed i hope she would take it. Breast feeding also has health benefits for mom for decades...Reduced ovarian cancer risk, breast cancer risk, osteoporosis, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Baby has BPD, feeds by gtube, swallow study shows ability to swallow but risk of aspiration. SLP approved 5cc by bottle w/ each feed for swallow therapy. Is there a high risk for pneomonia?
Yes: By definition, any baby with bronchopulmonary dysplasia is at risk for pneumonia as the result of the inflammation this condition creates in the baby's lungs. Feeding anyone with known risk of aspiration increases the risk of pneumonia, but it may be necessary to accept this risk and feed the baby cautiously in order to develop his/her swallowing capability. Follow your baby's doctor's advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Constipation?: What is considered constipation? Sometimes a child may not have a bowel movement for a few days while breast fed. This can be normal. I don't recommend a change in your diet at this time. Please consult with your childs pediatrician to further evaluate his condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not exactly: Breastmilk is notoriously low in iron, even if you take supplements. Similarly, although breastmilk is usually hight in calcium, the concentration of calcium in breastmilk is not really related to your calcium consumption. A nursing mother should have adequate intake of these nutrients to maintain her own stores, not to affect the milk's composition. ...Read more
Yes: Breast milk is the one material specifically designed for babies that is readily available, requires no refrigeration or mechanical assistance in use & will not trigger an allergic reaction. Many aboriginal populations that totally breast feed for the first 2 yrs have better muscle/bone indexes than american kids over the same period. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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