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Old 05-26-2009, 02:55 PM   #1
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how do I "cover" DS's g tube???

DS2 just got a g tube on Friday, how can I cover it so it dosen't keep falling out his clothes and getting caught on stuff, also, how can I take him swimming? Can he be outside with no shirt on? I know these questions might be alittle silly, but no one seems to be able to answer them so I figured someone here could.

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Old 05-26-2009, 03:21 PM   #2
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Re: how do I "cover" DS's g tube???

I don't know but you might be able to find some ideas here.
http://www.inspire.com/groups/oley-foundation/discussion/question-about-my-g-tube-baby/
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Old 05-26-2009, 03:32 PM   #3
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Re: how do I "cover" DS's g tube???

Can my child go
swimming?
Yes! When your doctor says the skin
around the G-tube is healed, your child
can go swimming. Be sure the G-tube is
clamped off tightly.

Does my child need special
clothes?
No! For infants, some parents prefer
one-piece outfits with front button or
snap closures for easy access to the Gtube.
For all ages, avoid clothing with a tight
waistband that could pull or push on the
tube.


I also found this site. http://www.capitalhealth.ca/NR/rdonlyres/eivvlyswyrkihyyfsnek6qdes7r6b7hzbbheqm6qcifxjkgiv2 uwf64sj3pfu25udfk2rnr6ll5qz6rzv3cvekyfblc/Feeding+by+GTparents.pdf
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Re: how do I "cover" DS's g tube???

We don't cover my little one's mic-key. My little one can't go swimming because of his dialysis catheter but as far as I know otherwise he could go swimming and we don't cover it when he takes a shower. My son walks around all the time without a shirt and other than a little drainage occasionally, we've never had any real problems with it. He's pulled it out 3 times in the last 10 months that he's had it. Learn to put it back in, it will save you a trip to the ER. The first time, I freaked. I got it back in but I was so upset. After that it's been easier. He pulled it out on Monday and it bled a bit this time so that was kind of scary. But, really it's been really easy having one. I wish the dialysis cath. was this easy.
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Re: how do I "cover" DS's g tube???

My 5 yo got her tube in November, had it replaced with a mic-key button in march. While she had the tube, we used an ace bandage wrapped around her body to hold the tube up. I would hold the tube end next to the disk, then wrap the ace around her and secure it. It held it up nicely so it didn't get snagged on anything. She is very active, and it didn't bother her in the least.

Your LO can go swimming just as soon as they let him take an immersion bath. That was the advice given to me at the hospital.

He can be outside with no shirt on, but be careful with sunscreen. I have a tendency to apply the sunscreen close to but not directly around the tube. My daughter likes to wear a 2 piece bathing suit, she says the one peices rub the tube and bother her.

On that note, I would shy away from onesies, maybe t-shirts and shorts for the summer may be more comfortable. HTH, and feel free to PM me
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:21 PM   #6
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If the extension stays in, like when he is in the hospital and on continuous feeds, we keep my son in a onesie. But now that he is older and only gets feeds a couple times during the day at home, we take the extension out when done with the feed and close his mic-key. (he has a small backpack that carries the pump and formula) We never have used any dressings or anything. (the one time they did at the hospital when he was in ICU without us, he got horrible painful grainulation tissue that took us a long time to get rid of) Oh, he takes bathes and goes swimming They told us to wait 3 days. Also, make sure you can change the button and so can a few others that are around your child. (my son thinks its funny to pull his out sometimes...) He can go around without a shirt, but we tend to not let him because his stomache is soooo scared from various surgeries.

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Old 06-17-2009, 07:55 AM   #7
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There is no reason why he can't go swimming, if you don't want people looking and asking questions you could get him a short that rides higher or one of those suits that cover up for the sun. I have worked with lots of kids that have g-tubes, and the parents don't really worry much about it hanging out, they usually tuck it inside and if it dangles out, who cares. I have known some of the kids to play with it or even pull it out. The same goes for no shirt on, if you are ok with it, he will be ok with it, and if he is kept as normal as possible then nobody will treat him different. If you want him to have no shirt I say go for it. Be rest assured you will probably get some looks and some questions, but in most cases the questions are not to be mean or hurtful they are just out of curiosity, and I have always thought the better to ask and know then assume and be totally wrong. I have had a few clients who's family's preference was to wash the base of the tube with a few q-tips and sterile water (to me overkill, but hey if it works) and then dry it, they then would take a 4x4 and cut a y-slit in it half way through and slip it around the tube and then secure with tape. I can see doing that when the tube is new, but this kid had it done like that for years. After it is healed I think that there is no issue with covering it. Because eventually he won't fit into diaper shirts. If he is old enough I would leave it to him to decide how comfortable he is, I would play the situation that if he is at a park and a bunch of boys are playing with their shirts off, and he chooses to take his off then go for it, if he chooses not to then no issue.
Really if the extension is off, then there really isn't that much tubing, but as OP said if he is on a continual feed or you don't take the extension off, then you will have a longer tube. I personally would be taking the extension off between feeds.
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Re: how do I "cover" DS's g tube???

first question momma is: Is this a mic-key type gtube or a peg tube? It makes a difference.
my 2 1/2 year old has had a mickey for 2 years. in the beginning we put him in a lot of onesies to keep his fingers away from it. Now, he is used to it and doesnt bother it much. We let him go without a shirt quite often, (if people dont like it, they can either ask or go away), and we take him swimming.
I will tel you this... if you act like it is no big deal and just a part of life, noone else will bother about it. The bigger fuss you make in general, the bigger fuss it will be.
I agree with the other momma who said to make sure you learn quickly how to replace it, and always carry a spare ..
treat him no differently than you do your other children.
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:21 PM   #9
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Re: how do I "cover" DS's g tube???

I would say if it isa a peg tube then loop it loosly and place a piece of paper tape over it to hold it in place. Swimming is fine after it has healed Good luck to you mama! DD2 got hers out in November after 2 years....
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Re: how do I "cover" DS's g tube???

I'm not going to type a long post since the other posts seemed to answer your question well enough but I did want to define the swimming answer a little better.
Swimming with a tube after it is healed is allowed but only swimming pools & ocean type places it is usually advised not to take g-tube child into a lake. It has something to do with bacteria levels in the water.
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