Child Care

What You Need To Know About Eating Tubes

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There are several misconceptions about Eating Tubes. Eating Tube is a safe and reliable way to administer food and liquids if you can’t swallow them by mouth or don’t have the ability to do so. Eating Tube offers many benefits to help you maintain your nutritional needs while hospitalized or recovering at home from surgery, injury, disease, etc. The following 3 points will provide an overview of Eating Tube and what it has to offer:

It provides a safe alternative for people who cannot eat by mouth due to illness or injury.
Some people may have Eating Tube themselves to eat. Eating Tubes are either placed directly into the stomach or through the nose and down into the small bowel, depending on your specific needs.

They allow patients with dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) to get necessary nutrition without the risk of aspiration pneumonia.
This is another great benefit of Eating Tubes. An eating tube may also be used to feed patients who are temporarily not able to eat by mouth, such as after surgery or during recovery.

They prevent weight loss.
An eating tube can also be used to relieve the pressure of a full stomach that is causing pain or vomiting, again allowing people to get the nutrition they need for their individual situation. This helps with weight gain and spares them from invasive surgeries or procedures.

To conclude, an eating tube is used to provide nutrition when it would not otherwise be possible. These tubes prevent weight loss, allow patients with full stomachs to eat without pain and discomfort, and even help them gain weight after surgery or other procedures that hinder their ability to eat normally.