After successful surgery and months of aftercare, most children born with esophageal atresia are able to eat orally from a technical point of view. Unfortunately, many of them have developed tube dependency as a result of the various interventions.
Today, survival is not uncommon for children under 500 grams and bordering the 23 and 24 weeks of gestation. What are the needs of premature children?
What is the difference between tube weaning and feeding therapy? Professor Scheer explains what distinguish NoTube from other concepts.
Each month, we will be choosing new topic to explore on our homepage, through social media and in our newsletters. We also start offering Live-chats where it will be possible to ask questions on a range of topics and have our therapists answer.
NoTube’s year in numbers: exciting, busy and full of innovations! The following lines provide an overview about NoTube’s activities in 2016.
The most frequently discussed aspect of tube weaning is the reduction of tube feeding. Should the amount of nutrition be reduced and, if so, how much and how fast? Raging myths abound around hunger vs. starving during tube weaning. Here is some information from our experts perspective.
At NoTube, we’ve had an eventful year in 2016. Most significantly, we now feel even closer to our little patients than ever before. This is due to our new therapy center that enables us to welcome families from all over the world in Graz. This is the story of how this therapy center came to be and what we have learnt from operating it for the past year.
From a developmental perspective, eating is an integral part of sensory and motor development. Children that are tube fed and do not eat orally miss out on some opportunities to work on certain skills while eating, potentially delaying their motor, socio-emotional and language development.
Intrauterine growth retardation means that the child during pregnancy was not able to reach its genetic growth potential. If the IUGR child has had a tube placed it is important to know if catch-up growth is expected. NoTube children who are supplied with a feeding tube and are prescribed large quantities of food in order to catch-up.
Everyday life with a tube fed child is never easy and the parent who decided to take full-time care of the child needs breaks sometimes. There are a few possibilities to break from the routine. It might be an advantage for the child as well as for the parents to meet other families.