Enteral Feeding

Enteral Feeding

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if their children have food allergies or other feeding disorders.
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At Barber DME, we assist moms with nutritional products if their children have food allergies or other feeding disorders.

Just because your child requires a feeding tube doesn’t mean that he or she should be limited in mobility — or that your family’s busy lifestyle must be halted.

There are feeding pumps available today that are designed for active and mobile children and babies, and for families who are constantly on the go.

Enteral feeding is a method of delivering nutrients directly into a person’s stomach or small intestine, either orally or through a feeding tube. There are several reasons that a person would need enteral feeding. Some of the most common reasons include gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, or metabolic disorders, such as Hurler Syndrome, Niemann-Pick disease, and Tay-Sachs disease. Babies who are born prematurely may need enteral feeding, as may children who are failing to thrive due to a variety of medical conditions ranging from a cleft pallet to food allergies to Down Syndrome.

It is important to remember that every person’s enteral feeding regimen will be different. Some patients will be prescribed enteral nutrition as a supplement to their normal diet, while for others, enteral nutrition will be their sole source of food.

It is important to remember that every person’s enteral feeding regimen will be different.

Frequently Asked Questions About Enteral Feeding

The gastrostomy tube, or the G-tube as it is usually called, delivers nutrition directly to the stomach through an insertion in the abdomen.

These are temporary tubes that don’t require surgery to be inserted. Nasogastric (NG) tubes run from the nose, down the esophagus, and into the stomach. Nasoduodenal (ND) tubes run from the nose to the stomach, ending in the first part of the small intestine. Nasojejunal (NJ) tubes extend into the second portion of the small intestine, the jejunum.

The gastrostomy-jejunostomy (GJ) tube accesses both the stomach and small intestine.

The jejunostomy (J) tube is placed in the middle of the small intestine, called the jejunum, through an insertion in the skin of the abdomen.

Once you know what type of feeding tube you will require, you will need to choose a pump. A feeding pump infuses formula into the feeding tube in a slow, metered fashion. Most pumps will work with any type of feeding tube as long as you have the necessary supplies.

Enteral feeding formulas are “nutritionally complete,” meaning they’re designed to give you all the nutrients — protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals — you need to live and grow. There are thousands of enteral formulas available. A patient’s medical condition will determine the exact proportion of nutrients needed. In addition, some formulas are designed to be used with feeding tubes, and some are designed to be taken orally. You are therefore advised to speak with your doctor before visiting a medical supply store, so that you will not be overwhelmed with the available options.

Barber DME Offers Many Exceptional Feeding Systems for Moms to Consider

Enteral Feeding

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The Enteralite Infinity Enteral Feeding Pump INFKIT2 is small, yet highly accurate and truly portable. Allows tube fed patients the ability to participate in physical activity, without being held back by their feeding pumps. Weighing less than 1 pound, the EnteraLite Infinity is easily carried in a custom-designed carry pack for extended use. Designed for both hospital and alternate care use. Use of an enteral feeding pump no longer needs to be a major limitation to the user’s daily schedule. Use only compatible EnteraLite Infinity Feeding Pump Bag Sets INF1200-A (1200 mL) and INF0500-A (500 mL) for accurate delivery of nutrition.

Operating the EnteraLite® Infinity® Enteral Feeding Pump

Enteral Feeding

The Kangaroo™ 924 enteral feeding pump is a small, robust, light weight pump that features pre-set volume and overflow infusion safeguards to ensure the correct and consistent delivery of nutrition. The easy-to-use controls make set-up and operation of this unit easy and intuitive. The 924 Enteral Feeding pump is used exclusively with the Kangaroo™ 924 pump sets. When ease of use, accuracy and dependability matter, the Kangaroo™ 924 enteral feeding pump delivers it all.

Setting Up and Operating the Kangaroo™ Connect Enteral Feeding Pump

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