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Feeding tubes are commonly used in children as an alternative means of providing nutrition, hydration, and medications, especially for the patient with a chronic feeding problem. Feeding tube management in such a child is best served by a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including nurses, dietitians, therapists, care coordinators, and equipment suppliers.

There are 2 types of feeding tubes.

Depending on institutional preference, enterostomy tubes are inserted endoscopically, surgically, or percutaneously under fluoroscopic guidance. Examples include gastrostomy tubes (G-tubes), gastrojejunal tubes (GJ-tubes), and jejunal tubes (J-tubes). All of these are indicated for longer-term use (> 8–12 weeks).

Oronasal tubes include nasogastric...

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