Feeding Tube Care
Skin Care Around the Tube
Cleaning the skin
If there is drainage around the tube, your child’s doctor may tell you to put a gauze dressing around the tube. Change the dressing every day or as needed. Clean the skin with each dressing change.
To replace the dressing, place a 2x2 split gauze pad around the tube and under the external bumper. Cut four 3-inch pieces of tape and secure the gauze and the external bumper to the skin.
Otherwise, leave the feeding tube site open for better air exposure if the doctor tells you to.
Securing the tube
If your child has an external bumper (long tube), the health care team will secure the tube during your child’s hospital stay. Talk to the doctor who placed the tube about how to secure the tube at home.
If your child’s first tube is a low profile feeding tube, you will tape the feeding tube to the skin for the first two weeks (see Pictures 2A and 2B below). Talk to the doctor who placed the tube about how to do this at home.
Pictures 2A and 2B: Taping the external bumper for a gastrostomy feeding tube
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