No matter how old you are, a good book can always comfort the mind and the soul. Whether you’re looking for a book for a child that is new to tube feeds or a season expert in the tubie care, these books may give them a sense of comfort or extra boost in confidence. Not … Continue reading 5 Children’s Books for Tubies
Cleaning a g-tube and stoma (the opening where the tube enters the skin) for the first time can be really intimidating! It is also a little tricky if you don’t have the proper tools or methods. The goal of cleaning is to ensure that any remaining food, or formula, in the tube has been removed … Continue reading Cleaning G-tubes 101
What are Blenderized Tube Feeds? Blenderized Tube Feeds (BTF), also called blenderized diets, are homemade tube feed formulas made by blending foods and liquids together. This is normally done using a high powered blender. These homemade formulas can be the sole source of nutrition or used in combination with other commercial formulas. Since BTF are … Continue reading Blenderized Diets 101
“Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes along.” ~Samuel Butler Let’s talk learning! Life with a feeding tube can be a lot of learning on the fly and sometimes the questions can come more quickly than their answers. Knowing where to go for reliable information can help … Continue reading Resources for Home Tube Feeds
Water is a major nutrient that makes up most of the body and is vital to our health. Fluids are required for proper digestion, bowel regulation, getting rid of waste in the body (AKA detoxes the body), regulating the body’s temperature, cushioning joints and organs, and more! The amount of fluid needed can fluctuate depending … Continue reading Hydration and Feeding Tubes
Blenderized tube feedings (BTFs) are making a comeback! These homemade tube feed formulas were the only source of nutrition for those with feeding tube before commercial formulas came to the market. The first tube feed formulas in history were often household ingredients, such as milk, broth, and even whiskey. Now individuals are going back to … Continue reading To Blend or Not to Blend
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