You may be asked to check the placement of your feeding tube at home before you start a feeding - or less often (once a day or a few times a week). If you have been asked to check the position of your tube, follow these steps:
Check with your nurse, doctor or pharmacist to find out about:
When giving water and medications, follow the steps below. When giving water only, start at step 2.
Keeping your mouth clean is important when tube feeding, even if you are not eating and drinking. Your healthcare professional may recommend you brush your teeth each day and use lip balm to help keep your lips moist. Ask your healthcare professional about the best way to keep your mouth clean and which products you should use. Record the advice in the Personal Care Notes and Instructions.
If you are taking your feeding through a nasogastric tube, the tube passing through your nose may cause mild irritation or you may notice some thick, crusty mucus in your nose. Ask your healthcare professional about the best way to take care of your nose. Record the advice in the Personal Care Notes and Instructions.
If you have a gastrostomy or jejunostomy tube, taking care of the skin around the area where the tube enters your body is very important. Ask your healthcare professional about the best way to take care of your tube site. Record the advice in the Personal Care Notes and Checklist.
The weekly diary form you can download here is an example of how you can track your tube feeding over time. When you visit your healthcare professional, take your diary.
Have your healthcare professional complete this with you.
Have your healthcare professional fill in all the sections that apply.
POSTURE MATTERS: Try not to lie flat during or just after a feeding. Sit upright or lie at a 45-degree angle (about the height of three pillows) during a feeding and for 30 to 60 minutes after the feeding to help prevent nausea or reflux.
KEEP A DIARY: to help you and your healthcare professional keep track of your progress and any questions you might have.
PLAN AHEAD: If you will be traveling away from home, plan ahead. Leave early to allow plenty of time and bring extras of all your supplies. Find out if and where you can get supplies or formula at your destination and know the location of the nearest hospital, in case you need it.
OWN YOUR FEEDING TUBE:
Learn how to use and live with your feeding tube in this five-part video series with Gunnar Esiason.
Nestlé Health Science has made every effort to include on this website only information that it believes to be accurate and reliable. This site contains information from a variety of sources including practice-based resources, guidelines from professional organizations, and experiences of healthcare professionals who have managed patients on home tube feeding. Information provided on this site is for education purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice or instruction of your healthcare professionals, or to substitute medical care. Contact a qualified healthcare professional if you have any questions regarding your tube feeding product, prescription and supplies, or if you have a specific question or issues about what is best for you as you manage your tube feeding at home.