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Gastrostomy Feeding Tube (MIC-G)

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Your child had a gastrostomy tube placed. This tube is placed in the operating room. A gastrostomy provides access to the stomach for feedings and medications. The tube is held in place by sutures and a water balloon. This tube remains in place for approximately 6-8 weeks. The doctor or surgical advanced practice nurse will change this tube to a skin level device in the office.


  • Feedings may be given with a pump or by “bolus” with a syringe through either port on the tube. Your nurse will give you another handout with directions about feedings.
  • The tube is clear so even after you flush with water you may see formula or medications floating in the tube.

Care and use of the MIC-G® tube

  • If the tube comes out of the tract please return to the CHKD Emergency Department within 2 hours because the tract can close very quickly.
  • Keep the site as clean as possible with warm soap and water. Lift the anchor slightly and clean skin with a wet cotton-tipped swab at least once a day.
  • Yellow discharge is a normal response to the tube.
  • Your child may bathe 2 days after surgery.
  • Note the number at the top of the anchor. It should always be the same number.
  • The space between the ring and the skin should be the width of a dime.
  • To release any gas in the stomach, simply open the feeding port and place the end of the tube in a container.

Call the Pediatric Surgery office if:

  • Leaking of formula occurs around the tube
  • Skin is red and broken down around the tube
  • Tube is not functioning properly (for example, you cannot give medicines or feeds)
  • Tube is out of the hole
  • Bleeding is seen at the site

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 08/2011

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