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Tube Feeding Complications: What Do I Do When My Child is Vomiting?

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Shield HealthCare
05/13/13  8:18 PM PST
pediatric care

If your child is vomiting shortly after tube feedings, there may be multiple causes. Here are a few common causes of vomiting and some suggestions for alleviating the symptoms.

Possible Cause: Feeding too fast

  • If you are pump feeding, slow down the rate on the feeding pump. You may gradually increase it again as tolerated.
  • If you are syringe-feeding, try slowing it down and giving the feeding over a longer period of time.

Possible Cause: Formula concentration

  • Some children may have difficulty tolerating high-calorie formula. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of adjusting the formula concentration.

Possible Cause: Improper positioning

  • Keep your child’s head elevated to greater than 30 degrees during feeding and for 30-60 minutes afterward.

You may also find our recorded webinar, “Common Complications of Home Tube Feeding” helpful.

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