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Apr 21, 2003
Rebecca Smith
Burping a baby with a fundo & G-tube - - HELP!!
I am desperately seeking advice on how to burp my son. He had a Nissen fundo 2 months ago & also had a G-tube placed at that time. The tube was recently changed to a Mic-key G Button & ever since then we have found it IMPOSSIBLE to burp hime when he feeds by mouth (he is breastfed). Our GI suggested laying him on his back and lifting his rear end up so the air can get to the button - this does not work. The air starts to come out, but then stops halfway up the tube. We end up sitting him up, draining the contents of his tummy completely, just so we can get to the air on top. This is so frustrating for him & he is starting to refuse to feed at all. One of the purposes of the surgery was to get him to eat better (he had very bad reflux), but it seems the opposite is happening. Can anyone help with this problem???? Rebecca & Tryyn
May 09, 2003
Venting the g-tube.
Hello! My daughter was much older when she had her nissan and g-tube. I found that she needed to be vented BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER meals. I vented the MicKey by putting in the bolus extension tubing that comes with the kit or is provided by the medical supply company. I put in the tubing and lock it in. Then place the big syringe on top(without the plumger)...feel like a plumber about now!!! My daughter would sometimes have a surge of air and residual food or what we call a volcano. Use your imagination here!!! She got the most relief from "venting" while on her back. sometimes I would move the extension tubing in various positions to get the most benefit. I think a few brave moms even open the bolus tube/syringe for the entire feeding. Raingear may be required. there may be a way to place a plastic baggie over the top. The breastmilk in small amount should be easily digested. You may want to review your diet and make sure your son can digest your diet. The common foods to check are: dairy, wheat, soy, citrus, chocolate, caffiene. Some moms have to eat a very restricted diet because reflux babies have such sensitive tummies. Please contact PAGER directly to speak with a parent volunteer or staff member about your situation. We have a lactation specialist and several moms who know a great deal about tubes and nissans. we are happy to chat with you one on one. Best wishes! Jan Burns PAGER Staff
May 14, 2003
? for Jan?
Thanks for your input! The problem we continue to have is that before any air will come out, all the milk we just fed him comes out first. Did this happen to you? I am pretty sure it is not a problem with my diet because this just started after the button was put in.
Check with your
doctor first!