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

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
05/13/13  8:18 PM PST
Complicaciones de la alimentación por sonda: ¿Qué hago cuando mi hijo vomita?

Vomiting can be one of many tube feeding complications. 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.

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