5 Feeding Tube Myths for New Parents with a Special Needs Child

 Providing a Helping Hand for Special Needs Children and Families.

Child eating by feeding tube

Are you a new parent of a special needs child with a feeding tube and can’t distinguish the myths from the facts? Tender Care is here to help! We are a daycare facility for children with special medical needs and have many kids with feeding tubes that we care for every day. Below are five of the most common myths we hear in our facilities

 

MYTH: My child can’t eat by mouth with a feeding tube.

If your child can eat and digest some foods safely, oral eating should be encouraged to maintain and develop good eating habits. 

Child with tube eating by mouth

 

MYTH: My child will have a feeding tube forever.

The Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation explains only a few children will have their feeding tubes forever. Many of them can wean off their feeding tube when it is no longer medically necessary.

 

MYTH: My child can’t be involved in physical activities if they have a feeding tube.

Your child can be involved in physical activities. Feeding tubes do not prohibit children from having fun!

Secure Feeding Tube

MYTH: My child can’t sleep on their stomach. 

It is safe for your child to sleep on their stomach with a feeding tube as long as the tube is firmly in place.

 

MYTH: My child’s feeding tube is painful. 

According to St. Jude, feeding tubes may cause your child mild pain but, within 7-10 days, your child may forget it’s there!

 

Child being fed by feeding tube

If you are looking for a daycare facility for your child with a feeding tube and/or special medical needs, we will be thrilled to have a new addition to the Tender Care family!

*This is not medical advice, always consult with your child’s doctor before making any changes to their lifestyle.