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G-tube cleaning inquiry

Purplemountain
Posts: 105
Joined: Oct 2013

Hello Everyone.

I have a feeding tube and have been using the bolus to pump the puree into my stomach.  However, recently it has been clog more often than not.  I was told to use Coke.  Is there other alternative beside soft drink to clean the tube?  Carbonate water?  Canada dry?  How often do I clean it...every time after each feeding or when it clogs?

Thank you in advance.

By the way, I am almost two weeks post treatment.  I've gained weight from 104 lbs to 116 lbs.  So my body has made a U turn and going up.  Like to continue the progress and hopefully the G-tube would not be the weakest link.

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CivilMatt
Posts: 2977
Joined: May 2012

PM,

Congratulations on completing treatment, I will ring my bell for you today!

I was told to clean it after every use and I did.  I only dripped Jevity so, ordinary tap water worked fine for me.  You may use virtually any (drinkable) liquid to clean it, but I would finish-up using water.

Keep drinking and swallowing, it gets easier from here on out.

Matt

Purplemountain
Posts: 105
Joined: Oct 2013

Thank you for ringing my bell.

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phrannie51
Posts: 3741
Joined: Mar 2012

clean it....I don't know.  When I was told to use Coke, I pictured the old stories about using Coke to remove rust from nails and stuff, and figured it did the same kind of cleaning on the inside of my tube. :)

Congrats on the weight gain!!!!

p

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nick770
Posts: 195
Joined: May 2012

Hi, I used to use carbonated water/stelzer water. If it is clogging alot, then I would clean it everytime.

Congrats on your weight gain.

Ladylacy
Posts: 483
Joined: Apr 2012

My husband flushes his feeding tube with water before each and every use and then flushes with water again when finished.  He has never had a problem.  But he has used coke before to flush it and had no problems.  Just make sure the coke is room temperature so as not to bother your stomach.

 

Sharon

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jackflash22
Posts: 263
Joined: Aug 2013

I use water before and after using my tube. if it looks ,bitty, in the tube I keep squeezing where the bits are till they come loose and then swish with water again. sometimes I use warm water...tepid of course...

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Hondo
Posts: 5812
Joined: Apr 2009

Before and after you eat it is a good habit to rinse the tube. I use just plane filtered water about 4oz before eating and after I am finished I try to rinse the tube clean with about 8oz of water. This does two things, it give me a good amount of my daily needed water intake and keeps my tube clean and ready for the next use. I heard some people saying you can use Coke sometimes to help keep it clean but in my 2 years on the PEG I never needed it and never had it get plugged.

Also you need to remember to keep the Stoma area clean. It is a good habit to clean the Stoma area atlases 3 times a day using clean filtered water or peroxide. Using a Q-tip remove any deposit or build up around the area, check for redness. Keep it dry at all times, if you are working and sweating you might need to clean it more often.   

Hope this helps

Hondo

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