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How to Place an NG Tube
When Raya got her first NG tube, I was trained at the hospital on how to put it back in in case it ever came out. I had NO idea how many times I would be putting it back in over the 6 1/2 months that she had it! (about 62, in case you were wondering) I have 3 videos of me putting the tube in so I thought I'd share them.
Please keep in mind that although it looks like I am sitting on top of her (which I kind of am), I never put my weight on her. Once she had been tube-fed for a couple months, she started to grow & get stronger and if I didn't use my knees to keep her arms still and sit over her, she would wiggle out and make it impossible to get the tube in. She was insanely strong for a little bitty thing and I was always very careful not to hurt her.
In the first video, I was putting in a brand new tube (the last one before she got her G tube) so I went into a little more detail about how to measure the tube for correct placement in the stomach, what adhesives we used and how we taped down her NG tube. The second video was later the same day because the little stinker pulled the tube out again. The third video is on a different day and from a different angle. For those of you who don't have a child with an NG tube, these videos might seem a little barbaric but will hopefully give you a little bit better understanding of what a tubie parent goes through on a daily basis.
How to Change a G tube (button-style)
For me, the only times that putting a G tube back in her has been stressful have been the times that it's gotten pulled out when she was supposed to be taking a nap and I don't know about it until after she wakes up and then have to work at it to get it back in and the time it got pulled out at the park right after the kids got off the bus and formula was gushing everywhere and I didn't have the syringe I needed to put it back in so we hurried home and I crossed my fingers that her stoma wouldn't close too much to get it back in. Moral of the story: never leave home without the syringe. :)
Without further ado, here's how we change Raya's G tube:
Here is a video of a routine G tube button change with Raya. These are MUCH easier and less traumatic for us than the NG tube replacements!! Having to change the tube at home or put it back in if it gets pulled out shouldn't be cause to freak out. It does need to be dealt with quickly, but don't panic or the whole thing will be much harder. And of course the first time the tube gets pulled out or has to be replaced is a little scary just because it's new, but once that first one is out of the way, it's much less intimidating.
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