Tube feeding

Tube feeding helps your child to meet their nutritional needs when they are not able to eat or drink enough by mouth.

A child's feeding tube
Feeding tube

Tube feeding generally involves delivering a liquid feed through the nose (nasal tube) or stomach (gastrostomy tube). Tube feeding helps your child to meet their nutritional needs when they are not able to eat or drink enough by mouth.

Child with food smeared around mouth

A general guide, to support your child progressing to oral feeding. Make sure you discuss this with your health professional, who knows your child well. Your health professional will help you to create a plan for your child.

Child being fed in high chair small

If your child has been tube fed, and is moving to eating and tube weaning, there will be a team involved. Find out about what the process might look like.

Screenshot from video - Ana

Hear from Ana - a mum who has been through a tube feeding journey with her daughter Temika.

Screenshot from video - Kiri

Hear from Kiri - a mum who has been through a tube feeding journey with her son Nathan.