Gastrostomy Lab Report

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Your child has received a gastrostomy. A small opening was made through your child’s abdominal wall and into the stomach to insert a gastrostomy button, a device in which will allow your child to receive adequate nutrition. Typical feeding by mouth is sometimes disrupted by problems such as congenital abnormalities of the digestive system, sucking and swallowing disorders, and failure to thrive. A gastrostomy button will ensure that your child receives the proper nutrition needed to grow. Before you leave the hospital, the nurses will train you on how to use a gastrostomy button. Some parents become overwhelmed and nervous by all the new information but don’t worry; it is completely normal to feel this way. This document will serve
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Ensure that the button is resting lightly against the skin and is not too loose. Gauze may be used to absorb fluid leaks and prevent skin irritation. Make sure to change gauze pads every few hours as…show more content…
This is tissue around the button that appears red or pink in color. Please contact your doctor if the tissue grows, bleeds, or leaks any fluid or pus.

Bloated stomach
If your child appears to be bloated and needs help “burping”, a decompression tube may be used. Attach an empty 60cc syringe to the port of the decompression tube. Insert the tube adapter into the opening of the button to allow the air to escape from the stomach. If any stomach contents appear, push back gently into the stomach using the plunger.

Gastroesophageal reflux
A gastrostomy button may increase your child’s change of developing gastroesophageal reflux in which stomach contents in the stomach flow up the esophagus. Symptoms include vomiting, heartburn, failure to thrive, coughing, and gagging. Please call your doctor if your child experiences any of these symptoms.

Call the doctor if your child experiences:
- Choking or difficulty breathing during a feeding
- Persistent vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea.
- Excessive draining or bleeding from the gastrostomy button site
- Severe abdominal pain
- Trouble passing gas or having a bowel movement
- A clogged

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