Nasogastric Tube (NG Tube)enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/KH_generic_header_12_2.jpgAn NG tube goes through the nose, down the throat, and into the stomach to deliver formula or medicine.NG tube, NG-tube, NG tubes, nasogastric, feeding tube11/04/201911/06/201911/06/2019Larissa Hirsch, MD11/01/2019ef1ab251-0459-44f5-a1bc-9a0e517371d8https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/nasogastric-tube.html/<h3>What Is a Nasogastric Tube?</h3> <p>A nasogastric (NG) tube is a thin, soft tube that goes in through the nose, down the throat, and into the stomach. They're used to feed formula to a child who can't get nutrition by mouth. Sometimes, kids get medicine through the tube.</p> <p>NG tubes are used for short periods of time, usually a few weeks to months.</p> <h3>Who Needs an NG Tube?</h3> <p>Kids need NG tubes when they can't eat and drink enough to stay healthy. This may happen when:</p> <ul> <li>a baby is <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/born-early.html/">born early</a></li> <li>a child has trouble swallowing</li> <li>a child has a digestive problem or inflammation of the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/digestive.html/">digestive tract</a></li> <li>a child needs extra calories</li> </ul> <h3>What Happens During NG Tube Placement?</h3> <p>In the hospital, a health care provider trained in placing NG tubes can insert the tube at a child's bedside. When they do this short procedure, they:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Measure the tube against the child to be sure it's the right length.</li> <li>Lubricate the tube with water or a special jelly.</li> <li>Insert the tube into a&nbsp;nostril and guide it down the esophagus, into the stomach.</li> <li>Check to make sure the NG tube is placed correctly.</li> <li>Tape the tube to the child's cheek to hold it in place.</li> </ul> <h3>Are There Any Risks From NG Tube Placement?</h3> <p>Inserting the tube into the wrong place is a risk of NG tube placement. That's why it's important to be sure the end of the tube reaches into the stomach.</p> <h3>How Do I Care for the NG Tube at Home?</h3> <p>If your child has an NG tube, it's normal to feel a little bit nervous about it at first. But soon you'll feel confident about giving feeds and changing it.</p> <p>Here are some tips:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Always <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">wash your hands</a> well before caring for the NG tube or giving a feed or medicine.</li> <li>Check that the tube is placed into the stomach and is working well before you use it.</li> <li>Know what to do if the tube gets blocked or comes out.</li> <li>Keep the area around your child's nose clean using gauze pads and warm water.</li> <li>Check the skin around the nose regularly for signs of irritation or infection, like redness, tenderness, warmth, swelling, or drainage.</li> <li>Switch nostrils each time you change the NG tube.</li> </ul> <h3>When Should I Call the Doctor?</h3> <p>Call the care team if your child has any of these symptoms:</p> <ul> <li>nausea</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/">diarrhea</a></li> <li>a swollen or hard belly</li> <li>bleeding from the nose or mouth</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomiting-sheet.html/">vomiting</a></li> <li>belly pain</li> <li>blood in the stool (poop)</li> <li>a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a></li> <li>a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cough-sheet.html/">cough</a></li> <li>fussiness or irritability</li> </ul> <p>If your child has trouble breathing or is choking:</p> <ol class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Stop the feed.</li> <li>Remove the tube.</li> <li>Call your care team.</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/emergency-room.html/">Call 911</a> if the problems continue.</li> </ol>Sonda nasogástricaLos niños necesitan usar sondas nasogástricas cuando no pueden beber y comer lo suficiente como para mantenerse sanos. Se usan durante breves períodos de tiempo, generalmente durante unas pocas semanas a meses. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/nasogastric-tube-esp.html/eb9cc924-2b0f-43a9-b4b9-e98bca5a7042
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