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Tube Feeding: How to Unclog Your Feeding Tube Video

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
12/03/15  8:56 AM PST

Watch Shield HealthCare’s Registered Dietitian’s how to unclog your feeding tube video with step-by-step instructions and tips on how to unclog your feeding tube and how to prevent a clogged tube.

You can also read our article about How to Unclog A Feeding Tube:

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You may find these related articles helpful:

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You can also find more information about how to bolus feed through the Oley Foundation and the Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation.

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  1. 10yr nurse
    Posted March 26, 2018 at 4:53 am PDT

    This is “first attempt” advice for persons new to this procedure. There are many more ways that would save you from a needless trip to your doctors office.

  2. Posted March 26, 2018 at 4:16 pm PDT

    So true! Unfortunately, most folks at home do not have access to more invasive procedures, such as mechanical or enzyme tube decloggers.

  3. How can I get the enzyme decloggers
    Posted November 25, 2018 at 8:20 pm PST

    How can I get the enzyme decloggers

  4. Aimee Sharp
    Posted December 12, 2018 at 10:02 am PST

    Hi there! Thanks for your comment. We spoke with one of our Registered Dietitians, Lisa, and she let us know that they can be purchased at most pharmacies. Ask your pharmacist for help finding them. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thanks! -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

  5. Posted December 13, 2018 at 5:46 am PST

    Is it normal for someone to feel pain while being feed thru the stomach tube?

  6. Aimee Sharp
    Posted December 13, 2018 at 2:40 pm PST

    Hi Kim. Thank you for your comment. We spoke with one of our Registered Dieticians, Eleni, and she recommended that anytime there is pain associated with being fed via the tube, that you should contact your doctor. You may even want to stop feeding until you speak with the doctor. If this person has a g-tube, you can learn more about what may cause g-tube pain in this article. But, yes, we do recommend you contact the doctor as soon as possible. Thank you and best of luck -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

  7. Glenda
    Posted May 21, 2019 at 9:35 pm PDT

    There’s a place to use for the syringe on the g tube. What is the smallest capped off part of the g tube used for?

  8. Sarah Herrera
    Posted May 22, 2019 at 3:15 pm PDT

    Hi Glenda. Thank you for watching our video!

    We spoke to one of our registered dietitians, Cassandra. She says, “On the high-profile feeding tube, you will find two ports that allow a syringe to connect to a feeding tube. The larger port is for formula and will often be labeled as “feed”. The smaller one, is for medication and will often be labeled as “med”. It is important to keep medications and formula separate to prevent and reduce the risk of clogged feeding tubes.”

    We hope this helps!
    -Sarah, Shield HealthCare

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