What problems can happen when my baby has a gastrostomy tube in place?

Falling out/blockage. The common problems related to a g-tube include: site care - sometimes the gastric juices cause chronic irritation around the site requiring regular skin care ; obstruction, be sure to follow instructions for flushing after use; falling out, if the g tube anchor deflates and the tube falls out it needs to be re-inserted soon or the hole will begin to close.
BY FAR, INFECTION IS. The main concern at any time, as long as the tube is in.

Related Questions

When must I seek help if my baby has a gastrostomy tube?

Depends. If the tube falls out and you cannot get it back in. If the balloon on the tube is broken then a new tube is required. If the infant does not tolerate gtube feeds and vomits and runs risk of dehydration. Read more...

When must I call the doctor if my baby has a gastrostomy tube?

If tube falls out, If there is severe skin excoriation or infection at the tube site, or if there is appreciable bleeding. Read more...

Why would a baby need a gastrostomy tube?

To be fed. Some babies may have conditions that do not allow them to eat by mouth or take in enough calories by mouth feeding. Some of these conditions are cerebral palsy, reflux, heart defects, aspiration, vocal cord paralysis, or cleft palate. Read more...

How can I help make my baby comfortable if he has a gastrostomy tube?

Venting. Sometimes babies swallow air that they cannot burp. This distends the stomach and makes them uncomfortable. Venting the tube and draining the air will make them more comfortable. It is like "burping" them through the tube. Read more...

How do I know if my baby's gastrostomy tube need to be replaced or removed?

Depends. If your baby is able to eat by mouth and maintain good growth velocity for 2-3 months without needing or using the feeding tube then it most likely can be discontinued. If the tube is needed and it leakes or clogs then it should be replaced some tubes are only good for 3-4 months at a stretch. Read more...

How would I feed my baby through his gastrostomy tube?

Several ways. Babies can be fed by bolus through the tube or by continuous drip. Bolus allows the feeding to go slowly into the stomach over 20-30 minutes. This allows the baby to be paced. Drip means slower smaller volumes going into the stomach continuously and usually uses a pump. Read more...

How does a mom care for the skin around baby's gastrostomy tube?

Easy. Keep it clean with soap and water. Use whatever type of baby wash you would normally use. Sometimes a crust developes this can be wiped gently with warm water several times a day. This is common when the tube is new. After several months the tube site will become lines with skin (epithelium) and be much easier to care for. Read more...