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How do you stay active with a feeding tube?

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Tube feeding doesn’t need to keep you from most physical activities. You can run or walk, but talk to your doctor about yoga or other exercises that work your abdominal muscles. Even swimming is fine if your incision site has healed and the water is clean. If you have a nasal feeding tube, just make sure the tube is closed, clamped, and not hooked up to a feeding pump. If you have a feeding tube in your abdomen, ocean water and well-maintained private pools are your best bets.

From: Living With a Feeding Tube WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/15/2019

SOURCES:

ALS Association: “Maintaining Good Nutrition With ALS: A Guide for Patients, Families, and Friends,” “FYI … Information About Feeding Tubes.”

The Oley Foundation: “Choosing the Right Tube for You,” “Home Enteral Nutrition,” “Living With Enteral Feeds: An Exploration of Physical and Psycho-Social Issues,” “Restaurant and Bathroom Cards,” “Swimming With IV Nutrition/Tube Feedings,” “I Can Eat in Restaurants.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Tube Feeding With a Pump,” “Tube Feeding Using the Gravity Method.”

Oral Cancer Foundation: “How to Use and Care for Your Feeding Tube,” “PEG Complication Chart.”

Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation: “Tube Feeding Basics: Site Closure.”

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: “Tube Feeding: What You Need to Know.”

CP Family Network: “DIY Blenderized Diets for Tube Feeding.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

SOURCES:

ALS Association: “Maintaining Good Nutrition With ALS: A Guide for Patients, Families, and Friends,” “FYI … Information About Feeding Tubes.”

The Oley Foundation: “Choosing the Right Tube for You,” “Home Enteral Nutrition,” “Living With Enteral Feeds: An Exploration of Physical and Psycho-Social Issues,” “Restaurant and Bathroom Cards,” “Swimming With IV Nutrition/Tube Feedings,” “I Can Eat in Restaurants.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Tube Feeding With a Pump,” “Tube Feeding Using the Gravity Method.”

Oral Cancer Foundation: “How to Use and Care for Your Feeding Tube,” “PEG Complication Chart.”

Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation: “Tube Feeding Basics: Site Closure.”

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: “Tube Feeding: What You Need to Know.”

CP Family Network: “DIY Blenderized Diets for Tube Feeding.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

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