What is an NG tube?
If you have been following us you have probably seen these little off white tubes on some kids. These are NG tubes. NG stands for Nasogastric intubation and these flexible, rubber or plastic tubes are a life saver for many kids. It’s a way to get nutrition and medicine to the body without orally eating or taking medication. The tube goes through the nose, down the throat and into the stomach. The part that remains out the outside is secured with medical tape or fun stickers and the remaining tube is hooked up to a feeding pump. A feeding pump pumps formula from an IV bag into the tube and down into the stomach, that’s how these kids get some nutrition, they are still encouraged to eat. Some kids need tubes because chemo makes them too sick to eat, some kids need tubes because they can’t take pills or other medications orally. These tubes cans be in for years but they are typically a short term solution. Feeding tubes like PEG Tubes or g buttons are long term solutions. Instead of doing through the nose they are put directly in the stomach, that’s a post for another day though. Getting a tube placed can be very uncomfortable but typically the child will be used to it. The tube goes through your nose and down your throat and you’re told to swallow it down. You will get measured for your tube before it’s place so they know how much tube they need for it to get to where it needs to be. These tubes also need to be replaced often and sometimes they can break or get blocked. NG tubes are a reality and sadly a part of everyday life for many children and their families.
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Hello everyone! It’s Lindsey Pacios, the Founder and President of Team Cure. I started this blog to post some of my favorite articles I have written originally on Instagram onto our website! We also have some unique content on here you can’t find on our social media accounts. I hope you learn and get something out of this blog! Remember to go gold and share the facts about childhood cancer. Awareness leads to funding and that leads to a cure.
- Lindsey Pacios
Founder and President of Team Cure