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Just wondered if anyone had any problems with their feeding tube .
My tube is ok with flushing and medication but the feed is taking forever to go down.
I don't think its blocked as goes down eventually but don't want to force it
Is that pumped feed? if so you might have the flow set to low, if it goes in with a syringe it should go in pumped
No it's bolus gravity feed.
No idea what that is but a thought, could you syringe it in, though I would say not to fast.
Yeah its gravity and you can use the syringe although gently with no force
Just wondered if anyone had came across it.
It doesn't seem blocked
From memory it was recommended that you flushed with water before and after so if it was blocked the water wouldn't go through, I only had the big food through a pump over night and all the energy drinks and medication through a syringe
Hi Abrn, not sure why if you are pump-fed unless a delivery tube is twisted, I use a syringe and always top my bottle of Ensure up with water so it syringes easier. It's fine with flushing tho.
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Yeah that's what is confusing me it's flushing and my meds are all fine but it's the feed that's taking ages to go down
Another thought, do you shake it, should you shake it, if you should maybe shake it a bit more or even warm it perhaps.
Hi Abrn,do you flush using a syringe ?
Yeah I was thinking along those lines too
Yeah that's also what I thought of or warm the water I'm using to flush maybe
I was thinking that if you warm the feed it might thin it a bit
My hubby just had his PEG tube fitted and the Nutricia nurse said we could add water to the feed to make it go in easier if it’s too slow.
She also advised the put the plunger in the syringe and then take it out without plunging.
Hope this helps.
Sharon and Ken xx
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