Elizabeth - posted on 03/05/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )
Does anyone have a G- tube success story? My daughter is going for surgery tomorrow for a PEG tube to be placed. Her diagnosis is Failure to Thrive due to low caloric intake. She has no other problems besides not eating/drinking enough to properly gain weight. No reflux or any other mechanical feeding problem. She eats slow and small amounts.
She had an NG-tube for 4 weeks to determine if, when given more calories, she gain weight. She gained almost 3 pounds (1.3 kg)! When given time to see if the NG-tube had stretched her stomach or stimulated her appetite she lost almost half of what she had gained. Her intake was still too small. This is when we decided the G-tube may be the best thing for her at this point. She is 20 months old and 15 pounds (6.8 kg).
My biggest concern is the length of time she will have the G-tube for. The doctor said at least one year. Have any of your children been successfully weaned off of the g-tube and able to eat enough on their own?
Any encouragement would be helpful.