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Troubleshooting

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Your feeding tube is clogged. You may not be using enough water when you flush your tube. You may not be flushing your feeding tube often enough. Use a syringe filled with warm water to flush your tube. Gently massage your tube to help remove the clog. If massaging does not remove the clog, call your doctor.
You accidentally removed your feeding tube. Your balloon lost air, or your tube got caught on something. Immediately call your doctor and go to the hospital emergency room. Take your feeding tube with you.
Fluid is leaking around your tube. Your tube pulled away from your abdomen wall, or your stoma got bigger.  Call your doctor.
The area around your stoma is red or painful. You could be having an allergic reaction to your tube, or your stomach contents may be leaking.

Note: You may have an infection or may be getting one.
Clean the stoma site according to your doctor’s instructions, watch your symptoms closely, and call your doctor.
The length of the feeding tube changed. Your tube or bolster may have moved out of position. Call your doctor. Your doctor may recommend that you stop feeding, tape the tube to your skin, and come in to your doctor’s office for a replacement feeding tube.

 

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Tell your doctor or another healthcare professional immediately if you have any of these problems:

  • Choking or trouble breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness or dehydration
  • A fever
  • Blood around your feeding tube
  • Bad-smelling liquid that is draining from your stoma
  • Leakage of liquid food around your feeding tube or your stoma
  • Frequent clogging of your feeding tube
  • Weight loss or gain of more than 1 kilogram, or 2.2 pounds, per week