Post by pinktorontogirl on Nov 28, 2006 21:21:15 GMT
Also known as an NG Tube.
This is a thin tube which is fed up the nose, down the throat and directly into the stomach. It is held in place with a small piece of tape on the cheek and needs to be changed every couple of days, usually from one nostril to the other. At first the nurse will put the tube in, but many parents are quite happy to learn how to do it safely themselves. When baby needs feeding, first of all you have to check the end of the tube is still in the stomach, (either by drawing up a small amount of fluid from the stomach and testing it with litmus paper or by listening with a stethoscope) and then a medium sized syringe is attached to the end of the tube and the milk is allowed to go down under gravity (the plunger is removed from the syringe and should not be used to force the milk down). Parents very quickly get the hang of tube feeding if their baby needs it.