Neurosurgical [NG] Tube: How To Insert Your Child’s NG Tube.
A handy guide to inserting a nasogastric tube into your baby.
The baby has a nasogastric tube
What is a neonatal tube?
The nasogastric tube is a long, thin, hollow tube that is inserted into the throat and stomach through the nostrils. If your baby cannot take food by mouth, you will use this tube to feed him. The fluid enters the stomach through this tube.
How will you insert the tube?
Preparing to insert the tube
These stages are slightly different for infants and children. Please check with your nurse about this.
Assemble these devices:
- NG tube, size
- Cut pieces of that hypha fix, like non-allergic tape.
- Add water or sedatives for infants.
- Sterile water or water-soluble grease [to lubricate the tube]
- Dry syringe and stethoscope.
- Permanent Writer Marker.
- PH test strip.
- Keep all these items within your reach.
- Wash your hands.
- Measure the NG tube, so that you know its actual length.
- Sit your child upright. For babies, raise the baby’s face a little with the help of his skis.
- Hold the end of the tube through the holes in the baby’s nostrils and start measuring through the holes.
Measure the feeding tube from the nostril to the base of the ear lobe, then down to the breast bone. [Approximately 1 finger wide for an infant and 2 fingers wide for a baby]
Accurate Measurement Of NG Tube Length:
Measurements of a breastfed baby and an older baby, and the location of the lower chest and navel in both. Write all measurements on the tube with a permanent write marker.
Measurement Mark On NG Tube:
Measurement marks on the NG tube with two ports and a removable guarded wire. Loosen the supporting wire, but do not pull it off right now.
Inserting the Tube:
Each time you insert an NG tube, try to replace the first one with a second one. Also, remember that the NG tube has to be replaced every month.
You must take these steps every time you insert an NG tube into your baby.
Sit your child upright. If he is an infant or very young, lay him down, and wrap him in a blanket to help him hold his legs and arms.
Dip 2 to 4 inches [5 to 10 cm] above the top of the tub into water or water-soluble grease. This will make the passage of the tube easier.
Insert the tube into the nostril you have chosen, and gently push the tube down toward the ear on the same side. Do not push the tubeIf your child is allowed to drink water, he can take a sip with a straw. You can use it to help your infant swallow a tube. If your child is not allowed to drink, ask him to swallow after entering the tube.
Insert the tube further in, until the marked area reaches the baby’s nostrils. If the tube comes out of the baby’s mouth, pull the tube back and let the baby recover, then restart.
Apply a piece of tape to secure the tube to the baby’s face.
Be prepared to accidentally inhale the NG tube. If the tube goes into the windpipe, your child may suffocate, cough, or have difficulty breathing. If this is the case, take the NG tube out immediately and let your baby rest. Restart when your baby is well.
Check the location of the NG tube before removing and administering any type of food or medicine. Follow the instructions below to check the location of the tube. To remove the tube, hold it firmly on the baby’s nostrils above the support wire, and gently pull it out with the help of the wire.