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Tube feeding: caring for your child's nasogastric (NG) tube

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Tube feeding: caring for your child's nasogastric (NG) tube

A nasogastric (NG) tube is a thin, flexible tube that inserted through your child’s nose, down their throat and into their stomach. The NG tube can carry fluids, formula, and medicine directly to the stomach to help your child if they:

  • cannot swallow their food or medication properly
  • are unable to suck or swallow
  • are dehydrated, for instance from vomiting or diarrhoea
  • are not getting enough nutrition from eating.

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August 2017
Last reviewed:
March 2024
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