Many babies and children with Down syndrome (DS) face feeding difficulties or are even tube fed. But is there a reason why kids with DS shouldn’t be able to learn to eat and enjoy the world of food? Why do children with DS receive a feeding tube?
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The hypothesis that sufficient enteral nutritional support automatically leads to optimal weight gain unfortunately does not prove true for all children.
For the healthy sibling it is an especially difficult situation when the tube fed child comes home from hospital and the parents are responsible for additional care duties.
The present text does not constitute a manual for tube weaning at home, but is designed to give an overview of the phenomenon of tube weaning from the perspective of a doctor.
Parents have been „brainwashed“ by their upbringing, their own values and their social circles that „healthy nutrition” is important for their baby or toddler.