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.
Visit our dedicated website to participate in Feeding Tube Awareness Week (3 - 9 February 2019)...
AMT - Applied Medical Technology supplies enteral feeding devices
Aussie Tubie Mates - Feeding Tube Community - Facebook page
AU Tubie Support - Facebook support group
Awareness Critters - colouring in pages
Belly Buddies Australia - Facebook page selling feeding tube pads/covers
Bizaar Bibs n Bums - Facebook page selling pads/covers etc. for feeding tubes
EleCare Family - full of facts, advice, tips and resources to help you care for your child
Flex Training Services - PEG Feeding Courses
Feeding Tube Australia - Facebook support group
Just Like You Dolls - selling customized dolls with medical devices
Halyard Health - supplies include MIC-KEY* low-profile balloon-retained gastrostomy feeding tube and HALYARD* FARRELL* Valve Closed Enteral Decompression System
Kids Health NZ – Tube Feeding
Living with Tube Feeding - website powered by Nutricia which hosts a network of answers and support to help you while living with
Marks & Spencer - Easy dressing adaptive clothing
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
My Tube Feeding Kid - Nestlé Health Science
NoTube - offers a weaning program for tube-dependent children that no longer medically require tube feeding.
Nutricia Medical - specialises in the delivery of advanced nutrition solutions including the range of age-adapted tube feed devices and pumps
She So Tubie - Etsy page selling tubie pads
The Adventures of Team Super Tubie - children's book by Kristin Meyer
Tube Feeding NZ – Facebook support group
Tube Wean NZ Campaign - Facebook support group
Tubie Fun - Facebook page selling button pads and line covers
Tubie Kids (UK) - fashionable, sensory friendly wardrobe staples for children and pre teens with feeding and medical tubes
Tubie Love - Facebook page selling pads/covers, belts etc. for feeding tubes
Wonsie - special needs bodysuits for adults and kids which are perfect for tube feeding
Z & Co Reusable Pouches - Facebook page
selling reusable pouches made from food grade materials suitable for heating
Page last modified: 11 February, 2019