Some individuals suffer from medical problems that make it impossible for them to feed by self. An eating tube is used in medical settings for people who are unable to eat normally. It may be a temporary or permanent requirement depending on the medical condition, its severity, and how long it lasts. Such a condition can affect even an infant. While this tube is generally used in a hospital, it may become necessary to use it at home if the medical problem of the infant continues.
The same tube can be used to supply medication as well. This tube is inserted for feeding and then removed after the feeding is over. Sometimes the feeding tube is left attached to the infant for several sessions of feeding. Such a tube is also used to supply formula foods and breast milk. It is important to use this tube for the infant only on the advice of a doctor. All instructions related to its use, maintenance and cleaning should be followed strictly.