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(Posted January 16th 2016 @ 9:00 AM by: Melody Reever)
Q: What is a G-tube?
A: Medically speaking, a gastrostomy tube (also called a G-tube) is a tube inserted through the abdomen that delivers nutrition directly to the stomach. A G-tube is similar to a second mouth for those who are not able to get what they need orally. It could be because of swallowing issues, eating issues, or because they simply aren't gaining weight. Many people with a G-tube can eat normally as long as there are no restrictions put in place by a doctor.
The fluid bags and pump that administer the formula are similar to an IV. The machine is set up to provide the formula throughout the night at a certain rate. Medicine can also be administered through the G-tube.
Q: There is someone with a G-tube at our church. What do we have to worry about? Can it fall out?
A: Just because someone has a G-tube doesn't mean they are any different from someone who doesn't have one. They can still enjoy all the activities that everyone else does with little to no adaptations.
Sometimes kids with G-tubes have special strollers. Otherwise they should be able to go to Sunday school just like any other kid. More care may be required with certain physical activities because the G-tube can fall out. If this does happen, it is not life threatening and no need for panic. The tube can be replaced very easily. Most families are prepared with a kit in the event that this happens.
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