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Trabi, T; Dunitz-Scheer, M; Kratky, E; Beckenbach, H; Scheer, PJ.
Inpatient tube weaning in children with long-term feeding tube dependency: A retrospective analysis.
Infant Ment Health J. 2010; 31(6):664-681
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Autor/innen der Med Uni Graz:
Dunitz-Scheer Marguerite
Scheer Peter
Trabi Thomas

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This study investigates the outcome of an intervention program to establish oral feeding after prolonged tube feeding in children. The intervention is based on supervised reduction of enteral formula within a few days supported by a 3-week program of speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychoanalytically based eating therapy, physical therapy, psychodynamic coaching, and nutritional counseling of the infant and his or her parents. Two hundred twenty-one cases were included in this study. All patients had been severely ill or were handicapped and had been exclusively fed by tube for most of their lives. The major outcome variable was complete discontinuation of tube feeding with sufficient oral feeding after treatment, defined as the child's ability to sustain stable body weight by self-motivated oral feeding. Two hundred three patients (92%) were completely fed orally after treatment. Tube feeding was discontinued completely within 8 days in mean, and mean in-patient treatment time was 21.6 days. The current method can be used by a trained and experienced team to wean tube-dependent children from prolonged tube feeding. Tube weaning should be addressed from the beginning of tube feeding in all children who are expected to restore oral feeding after the phase of nutritional stabilization. Since successful programs are rare, we were motivated to present our results of this elaborate program in this article. Copyright © 2010 Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health.

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