Follow At-Home Guide for Newly Created Gastrostomy Tubes

Your child has had a tube placed in his / her stomach called a gastrostomy tube or G-tube. This tube provides another way to offer food and / or medicines. It also can be used to vent your child's stomach for air or drainage.

When the tube is first placed in your child's stomach it may or may not be secured with a stitch through the skin and around the tube. This helps the tube stay in place until the gastrostomy tract is well healed. If your child has a stitch around the tube, healing takes place in about 21 days. A tract will form between the stomach and skin in about three months. Your doctor may talk to you about changing the tube at this time.

It is important to know what type and size tube your child has. 

  • Brand of G-tube
  • Size of  tube (Fr)
  • Length
  • Type
  • Balloon / non-balloon

It is also important for you to know the name and phone number of the doctor managing your child’s care.