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Tube Feeding: Troubleshooting Tips

Posted 2.3.15 | Mallory West

Many Neocate babies and children receive their formula through a feeding tube. Common Neocate formulas that are received through feeding tubes include Neocate Infant DHA/ARA, Neocate Junior, Unflavored, and Neocate Splash, Unflavored. Enteral tube feeding provides nourishment to individuals who are unable to consume adequate nutrition by mouth. If your child uses a feeding tube, you know that there may be some occasional tube feeding complications. This blog will provide some general troubleshooting tips for the most common tube-feeding problems.

Clogging of the Feeding Tube:

Sometimes a feeding tube will become blocked so that no food can go through.

How to Fix Clogs:

  • First, using a syringe to gently remove the liquid on top of the blockage, if possible (throw away the fluid removed).
  • Next, gently flush the tube using lukewarm water, using at least a 30 mL (1 oz) syringe. Gently plunge the water back and forth to clear the blockage.
  • Unless directed by a healthcare professional, do not use acidic solutions such as fruit juices or cola as they may curdle the formula.
  • If the tube is still clogged, clamp the tube for around 10 minutes and then try flushing it again.
  • If the tube the clog remains, gently squeeze the tube between your fingers along the length of the tube as far as possible.
  • If you are still unable to clear the blockage, contact your healthcare professional for advice. Sometimes, the physician will prescribe a special enzyme which can dissolve the clog. If the clog cannot be cleared, the tube will have to be replaced.

How to Avoid Clogs:

  • Tube flushing is the most important factor for preventing the feeding tube from clogging. Use a syringe to flush 20 mL of warm water through the feeding tube before and after feedings and medications (or as directed by your healthcare team). If your child receives a continuous feed, your healthcare provider may recommend flushing with water during the feed to prevent clogging.
  • Use liquid medications whenever possible. If pills are necessary, crush them well and mix them with a small amount of warm water. Use a syringe to draw up the solution and insert it into the feeding tube. If pills are coated or time-released, discuss this with the physician because these types of pills are typically not meant to be crushed.
  • Do not mix medications together and do not mix medications in formula unless instructed to do so by your healthcare provider.

Tube Site Irritation or Infection:

Redness, pain, swelling or unusual/excessive drainage, as well as fever, can all be signs of an infection at the stoma site (the surgical opening through which a gastrostomy tube (g-tube) or jejunostomy tube (j-tube) enters the stomach or small intestine).

How to Avoid Irritation or Infection:

To avoid infection, it’s important to keep the stoma site clean and dry. Your healthcare provider should give you specific recommendations for how to clean the stoma site each day. For more information on keeping the stoma site clean (from a parent’s point of view), check out this informative article from Complex Child E-Magazine.

A Dislodged Feeding Tube:

If the feeding tube comes out, call the doctor and go to the hospital right away. The stoma can close up very quickly so the tube needs to be replaced promptly. Cover the site with clean dressing or bandage to prevent leakage and immediately seek medical attention.

Sometimes the healthcare provider will train you to replace the feeding tube yourself (temporarily or permanently) but you should ONLY do this if directed and properly trained by your child’s physician.

How to Avoid:

Young children occasionally pull the tube out themselves. Keep the tube covered with clothing to prevent this. Onesies work well for infants and toddlers. It’s also important to secure the tube during activities so that it doesn’t get pulled out. You can use various methods to secure the tube. Some companies make special wraps and clothing for protecting and accessing the feeding tube:

Do you have any troubleshooting tips to share with other tube-feeding families? What problems have you encountered and what tricks have you learned?

- Mallory


Frozen Neocate Pops

Posted 6.8.15 | Nutrition Specialist


Who doesn’t love an ice cold treat on a hot day? Finding a frozen allergen-free treat can be a challenge. However, we’ve created a delicious allergen-free frozen treat for you or your little one to enjoy…frozen Neocate pops! We found a fabulous ice cream mold to use with our liquid Neocate products. The result...frozen Neocate in the shape of an ice cream cone! This can be done in just a few simple steps:

1)      Shake and open your Neocate drink box. Separate the two pieces of the ice cream mold. Flip the clear piece of the ice cream mold upside down, and pour Neocate into the clear piece.
2)      Place the bottom piece of the ice cream mold (the cone) on top of the clear ice cream mold. Keep the ice cream mold upside down.

3)      Place ice cream mold in the freezer for at least 3 hours.

 

 
4)      Remove frozen ice cream molds from the freezer and allow frozen Neocate pops to sit for 1-2 minutes (this will make the removal of the clear piece a little easier).
5)      Remove the clear piece of the ice cream mold and enjoy!

There are many ice cream molds available however the one we used is from a company called Tovolo.

You can even take these pops to the next level and add some color by rolling them in colored powdered sugar! Or add a “safe food” to Neocate before freezing. For some this may be fruit juice or chopped up fruit such as strawberries or mango. This would be a great opportunity to get your little ones involved!

Frozen Neocate that thaws may discolor and/or separate therefore we recommend you enjoy your frozen pop shortly after removing from the freezer.

It is important to note that freezing Neocate products can affect some nutrient levels: The nutrition information on Neocate packaging reflects the nutrient levels when prepared as directed on the packaging. Healthcare teams may allow some Neocate servings to be frozen to help meet a Neocate goal for certain patients, but this is a case-by-case decision. Ask your healthcare team for advice before you prepare Neocate any way other than as directed on the packaging. Your healthcare team should advise you how to store and how long to keep frozen Neocate products.

Have you tried this before or done anything similar with your Neocate products? We’d love to hear from you!

Kendra Valle, RDN


How can finding “flavor fit” make a difference in elemental diet?

Posted 3.23.17 | Nutrition Specialist


Do you have a favorite song? You know the one that makes your day if you hear it on the radio. Now think, what about that particular song that makes it your favorite? Is it the lyrics, the beat, the emotion it evokes, or all the above?

Just like your taste in music is unique to your experiences and how you interpret the world, flavor preferences follow suit. When it comes to flavors, the one you decide to be your favorite depends on a variety of factors unique to you.

When you or a loved one is on a severely restricted diet due to food allergies or related conditions, limited options in the diet can make finding a favorite flavor a bit difficult. At Nutricia, we are constantly working to help you explore new ways to make meal time interesting and provide access to ways you can experience new flavors. Our family of products provides more inviting flavor and texture options than anyone else. We talk to families and parents every day for whom Neocate is the sole or primary source of nutrition for a loved one, and for many of them the flavor and form options offered by Neocate has made a difference!

Here’s why having options to find your “flavor fit” is important:

Taste is personal and unique to every person

Taste preferences are strongly influenced by innate factors and can be changed by experience. Natural preferences for various flavors change developmentally as infants and children grow. The preferences for specific flavors are determined by innate/inborn factors, environmental influences, learnings, and a combination of these factors; making each individual unique.  

Flavor Options Help Influence Preferences

Experiences and exposure to various flavors and textures help to shape preferences as children grow, and we at Nutricia are striving to offer opportunities for those on elemental, or amino acid-based, diets gain such experiences. Did you know Neocate is the only amino acid-based formula available with 10 options to choose from for individuals one year and older?

Be Curious: Explore and find your flavor fit

Moms, dads and other caregivers know that keeping kids on the special diets that require Neocate isn't always easy, especially as they grow and see other children enjoying more variety at the dinner table. When it comes to an elimination diet, having more than one flavor option lessens the “boredom effect” that may happen when only a single flavor is used long term. No matter how long you or your child needs an amino acid-based formula for nutritional support, Neocate offers the greatest flavor variety.

Just like their favorite song, your loved ones have the option to pick a favorite flavor with Neocate.   

Here’s a rundown of the available Neocate flavor options:

We want you to be able to find one that works best for you and your child! In some cases, you may be able to use a few flavors to help with variety. Some parents have even told us they were able to find their child’s favorite flavor by combining Neocate Junior flavors to make delicious Vanilla and Strawberry drinks.

Additional helpful resources if you are considering trying Neocate flavors:


Summer is Here! Let’s Eat!

Posted 6.13.08 | Sarah O'Brien

Not so fast. School might be out, but with camp, fairs, carnivals and trips to fun places...summer is not the time to let your guard down about food allergies.

Of course, it is summer...you and your children should go to the pool, have picnics and play in the sun! You just need to do these activities as food-conscience as you do all the others throughout the year.

Here are a few tips:

  • Call ahead if you are attending an event – It can’t hurt! Find out if they are going to have an ingredient list available. If not, pack your child his/her own tasty summer snacks.
  • Bring food substitutes – If you are going to be outside all day where safe food won’t be available, make sure to bring food allergy snacks or nutritionally complete drink boxes like Splash.
  • And as always, be prepared – make sure that Epipen is always close by.

Any plans for safe summer food fun? I’d love to hear them!

- Sarah



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