Your child’s jejunostomy tube starts outside your child's belly, goes through their stomach, and into the midsection of their small intestine. The tube delivers food and medicine. With this help, your child will grow stronger and healthier.
It is important to take good care of the skin around the tube so that your child does not get an infection or skin irritation.
You will also learn how to change the dressing around the tube every day. Try to make this part of your daily routine.
Make sure you keep the tube protected by taping it down under a t-shirt. Do not let your child pull on the tube.
Your doctor may replace the tube every now and then.
To clean the skin, you will need to change the bandages once a day or more if the area becomes wet or dirty.
The skin area should always be kept clean and dry. You will need:
Follow these guidelines every day for good health and skin care:
You will need:
Your nurse will show you how to place the new bandages or gauze around your tube and tape it securely to your abdomen.
Usually, split gauze strips are slipped over the tube and taped down on all four sides. Tape the tube down as well.
Avoid using creams, powders, or sprays near the site unless your child’s doctor tells you to.
To flush the J-tube, use the syringe to slowly push warm water into the side opening of the J-port.
You may rinse, dry, and reuse the syringe later.
Call your child’s doctor or nurse if:
Feeding - jejunostomy tube; G-J tube; J-tube; Jejunum tube
Updated by: George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, California. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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