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In addition to the tips and products mentioned below, tube feeders may find it helpful to review common complications of tube feeding discussed on the Tube Feeding Troubleshooting Guide, review the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition’s (A.S.P.E.N.) tube feeding guidelines and /or to borrow a video/DVD from Oley's library.  Click here to read about the tube connectors.

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Weaning From Tube Feeding

  • Feeding Programs (List of programs throughout the US that help parents teach their children to eat by mouth.)

  • Articles to Read

Weaning Preparation for Children Fed by G-Tube
How Not to Say "Eat Another Bite"
The Novelty Factor
How to Prevent Your Child from Developing an Oral Aversion

  • Websites to Investigate

American Speech Language Hearing Association (swallowing/feeding information)
Mealtime Notions (Offers information, articles, products etc.)
National Foundation for Swallowing Disorders video
Feeding Matters--formerly P.O.P.S.I.C.L.E. Center, Parent Organized Partnerships Supporting Infants and Children Learning to Eat
No Tube
(Medical online service for children with early eating behavior disorders, especially tube dependency, from the University Children's Hospital Graz)
Tube Fed Kids Deserve to Eat (Social networking site for families and friends of tube fed children, past or present, worldwide. Most are trying to wean to oral eating.)


                  Journey from Tube Feedings to Oral Feedings
                 The “Get Permission” Approach to Mealtimes and Oral Motor Treatment

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Last updated: August, 2015