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Is there anyone who can tell me about reasons for an infant having a g-tube?

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Dr. Noel Alonso
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Varied...

The more common reasons why an infant would have a g-tube would be because of problems with the mechanics of chewing/swallowing or because feeding by mouth would pose a significant threat for aspiration into the lungs; other children may need the extra calories as they are unable keep up with their caloric needs.
The reasons are varied, but sometimes a g-tube may only be needed for a short time.

In brief: Varied...

The more common reasons why an infant would have a g-tube would be because of problems with the mechanics of chewing/swallowing or because feeding by mouth would pose a significant threat for aspiration into the lungs; other children may need the extra calories as they are unable keep up with their caloric needs.
The reasons are varied, but sometimes a g-tube may only be needed for a short time.
Dr. Noel Alonso
Dr. Noel Alonso
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: G- tube need

The primary reason for a g-tube would be the long term inability of a patient to take adequate nutrition by mouth to sustain normal body needs.
This might be because the swallowing mechanism is out of whack, or the kids condition impairs adequate regular feedings.Long term feeding through iv's are complicated by risk of infection or nutritional imbalance so use of a normal gut is important.

In brief: G- tube need

The primary reason for a g-tube would be the long term inability of a patient to take adequate nutrition by mouth to sustain normal body needs.
This might be because the swallowing mechanism is out of whack, or the kids condition impairs adequate regular feedings.Long term feeding through iv's are complicated by risk of infection or nutritional imbalance so use of a normal gut is important.
Dr. James Ferguson
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