The weight war – battling with numbers

The weight war – battling with numbers

By children who were born with an illness or abnormality and/or who exhibit an eating problem or who are fed with a feeding tube, every day is defined by numbers – the child’s weight is measured several times a week, the calorie count of the enteral nutrition is calculated, the quantity of each meal is measured out.

8 reasons why diaphragmatic hernia and tube dependency are connected

8 reasons why diaphragmatic hernia and tube dependency are connected

Apart from the life threatening risk right after birth, up to pulmonary hypertension which might be dangerous for a few more months, over the different breathing problems, the long-term difficulties of diaphragmatic hernia are often underestimated. Problems which are rarely taken into consideration are eating disorders, or even worse: tube dependency. How does this problem develop and how could it be avoided?

Intrauterine growth retardation

Intrauterine growth retardation

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.

What is failure to thrive (FTT) and why can it lead to tube feeding?

What is failure to thrive (FTT) and why can it lead to tube feeding?

Failure to thrive describes a child that fails to meet its growth expectations, and although often referred to as a diagnosis, it is only a descriptive term and word for defining the observed state. In a large number of children the cause of reduced food intake is food refusal due to behavioural or eating disorders, these are multifactorial in origin. It is important for medical professionals to identify these and try to treat them before considering tube feeding.