Ask the Registered Dietitian: Can I Use Coke to Unclog My Feeding Tube?

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Shield HealthCare
07/12/13  7:14 PM PST
Ask the Dietitian

Soda and juice are acidic and can react with any formula left in the tube, making  the clog worse.

Research shows that the best way to resolve a feeding tube clog is to use warm water and a “push-pull” motion with a 60-mL syringe.

Prevent clogs by frequently flushing your tube with water, especially before and after every use.


1 Comment

  1. Posted July 17, 2013 at 7:33 pm PST

    After blending real food for my son for the past two years, I tell every tubie I know to FLUSH with water after every meal and every medicine. Only time we’ve ever had a clog is with Prevacid!

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