FOR PATIENTS

Tube feeding can be recommended for a diversity of people with many different conditions and circumstances. Tube feeding can help people with:

  • Problems with their mouth, oesophagus (food pipe) or stomach
  • Swallowing problems which put them at a risk of choking and aspirating (i.e., food enters not only the oesophagus and stomach but also the lungs)
  • Difficulty managing to take enough food by mouth to meet their nutritional needs

Candidates for tube feeding may have different medical issues, but you all have one thing in common – you can’t eat enough to get the right amount of nutrition.

Good nutrition is essential to maintain weight, improve recovery and response to treatments and maintain independence. If your body does not get enough nutrition over a period of time, you could end up with ‘undernutrition’, often called ‘malnutrition’ by healthcare professionals. This can happen if you can’t swallow or tolerate food taken by mouth, or if your body cannot effectively use or absorb what you eat. Such a gap in good nutrition can lead to many different health problems.

Your healthcare professional may decide you’re at greater risk of undernutrition than others if you are:

  • living with an illness or diseases
  • preparing for surgery
  • recovering from an illness or surgery

Tube feeding has been recommended to help you or your loved one receive all the nutrients you need which may support your recovery. Although it can be an overwhelming prospect at first, tube feeding can make a real improvement to your quality of life compared to when you weren’t getting enough nutrition.

FOR PARENTS

Tube feeding can be recommended for children with many different conditions and circumstances. Tube feeding can help peoplewith:

  • Problems with their mouth, oesophagus (food pipe) or stomach
  • Swallowing or sucking problems which put them at a risk of choking and aspirating (i.e., food enters not only the oesophagus and stomach but also the lungs)
  • Difficulty managing to take enough food by mouth to meet their nutritional needs

Children who are tube fed might be a diverse group of people, but they all have one thing in common – they’re not able to eat enough to get the right amount of nutrition.

Good nutrition is essential to support your child’s optimal growth and development, or in some cases to improve their recovery and response to treatments. If your child’s body does not get enough nutrition over a period of time, he or she could end up with ‘undernutrition’, often called ‘malnutrition’ by healthcare professionals. This can happen if your child can’t swallow or tolerate food taken by mouth, or if their body cannot effectively use or absorb what they eat. Such a gap in good nutrition can lead to many different health problems and less than optimal development.

Tube feeding has been recommended to help your child receive all the nutrients he or she needs to thrive. Tube feeding may support your child‘s growth, development and recovery. Although it can be an overwhelming prospect at first, tube feeding can make a real improvement to your child’s life compared to when he or she wasn’t getting enough nutrition.