Frequently asked questions about NG tubes
Q: How do I know if the NG feeding tube is in the stomach?
A: After NG tube insertion, attach a syringe to the end of the tube and pull back on the plunger. You should see stomach contents (acid, formula, food) in the syringe, and this will confirm placement of the NG tube in the stomach.
Q: What if I can’t pull back any stomach contents after replacing the NG tube?
A: Try to reposition your child by having them lay on their left side. If you still can’t see stomach contents, remove the tube and place a new tube.
Q: What are some symptoms with tube placement that may require medical interventions?
A: If your child starts coughing, has trouble breathing or has mouth discoloration (blueness), remove the NG tube and call your medical professional right away.
Q: What do I do If the NG tube becomes clogged?
A: Attempt to flush the NG tube with 5 to 10 milliliters of water. If it remains clogged, remove the NG tube from your child and replace it with your backup NG tube. Remember to never force anything through the tube if you feel resistance.
Q: What do I do if the NG tube comes out of my child’s nose?
A: Refer to the NG tube insertion video above and attempt to reinsert the NG tube in your child’s nose.
Q: How often does the NG tube need to be changed?
A: The NG tube should be changed at home every 30 days.
If you have any questions or concerns after the procedure, call the ParentSmart Healthline at 1-855-KID-INFO (543-4636). Caring pediatric nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help answer your questions.