Kids and adults who need elemental formula may have a difficult time drinking enough of it. To maintain proper nutrition, some require tube feeding to allow the formula to go directly into the stomach.
Tube feeding, also called enteral nutrition, is a way food can get into your body if you are unable to eat or unable to eat enough. Food in liquid form or formula is given through a tube into the stomach or small intestine.
Tubes can be placed in different places along the gastrointestinal tract:
This information has been sourced from Queensland Health; for practical information about living with a feeding tube please download their resource Tube Feeding at Home.
AMT - Applied Medical Technology supplies enteral feeding devices
Aussie Tubie Mates - Feeding Tube Community - Facebook page
Australian Tubie Awareness - Facebook page raising awareness
AU Tubie Support - Facebook support group
Belle's Tubie Fashions - Facebook page selling gtube pads, gtube belts, tube connection covers, bottle bags. central line belts for TPN feeds
Belly Buddies Australia - Facebook page selling feeding tube pads/covers
Bizaar Bibs n Bums - Facebook page selling pads/covers etc. for feeding tubes
Feeding Tube Australia - Facebook support group
Medikidetz explain Home Enteral Nutrition written by Doctors for kids! Contact us for your free copy!
My Belly Has Two Buttons - children's book written by Meikele Lee
NoTube - offers a weaning program for tube-dependent children that no longer medically require tube feeding.
Tubie Love - Facebook page selling pads/covers, belts etc. for feeding tubes
Page last modified: 9 February, 2017