How long do babies have G tubes?

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asked Dec 25, 2020 in Baby/Newborn by bradsoflens (870 points)
How long do babies have G tubes?

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answered Jan 13 by Lawklia (1,410 points)
Babies may have G Tubes for a few months to a year or 2 years and sometimes the baby may need the G Tube for at least until they are 12 years old or even for life.

It all depends on the actual health of the baby and why they needed the G Tube.

Some babies may not need the G Tube after a year but then some may need the G Tube Longer.

After your skin heals around the gastrostomy tube you can swim and bathe with the gastrostomy tube.

Just wait until the skin heals first before you go swimming when you have a gastrostomy tube.

If you're able to swallow food and drinks properly then yes you can eat food with a PEG tube installed.

Eating food with a PEG Tube installed will not harm you or affect the PEG Tube.

A child may need a gastrostomy if they have trouble eating by mouth or drinking by mouth or if they have throat issues.

Some children may also have a small plastic device installed called a button instead of a tube.

A person or child may need a gastrostomy because they are unable to swallow food or feed themselves properly or because of an intestine transplant or after intestinal transplantation.

A gastrostomy tube lasts for about 8 months before it needs changed out and replaced for health reasons.

A PEG tube is the same as a gastrostomy tube.

A gastrostomy tube is a tube that passes through the abdominal wall into the stomach and A tube that is placed this way is called a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, or PEG, tube.

PEG Tubes should be changed out every 8 months to prevent skin infection and Fungal Growth.

A Gastrostomy Tube for adults and children is also known as  PEG Tube or feeding tube which are used to provide a route for enteral feeding, hydration, and medication administration in patients who are likely to have prolonged inadequate or absent oral intake.

A gastrostomy procedure is a surgical procedure that is done to allow the insertion of a feeding tube through the abdomen and into the stomach.

The gastrostomy procedure is also known as a G Tube.

The main dangers of a feeding tube are possible infections and death that can occur from those infections.

Other dangers and complications of feeding tubes are constipation, diarrhea, dehydration and skin issues around the site of the feeding tube.

Infections in your abdomen and tears in your intestines.

Feeding tubes can in rare cases cause death.

Although feeding tubes are usually pretty safe some people do experience complications with feeding tubes and may also get infections that can lead to death.

Some people who have feeding tubes installed may suffer from chronic neurological or mechanical dysphagia or gut dysfunction, mechanical, gastrointestinal, infectious and metabolic complications.

If the person suffers from any of those complications when they have a feeding tube then they may get more serious health issues or in rare cases die.

But the good news is that most people are using feeding tubes without any complications.

But still you have to be very careful and the feeding tube has to be installed properly to prevent possible infection and other complications.

Only a trained person should install feeding tubes to prevent the possibility of death and infection from the feeding tubes.

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