|Here is an example of a feeding tube taped to a baby's abdomen.|
Knowing this, I was hyper vigilant about checking Christopher's tube and keeping it clean. I would often check it several times an hour because some of these infections came on lightening fast and then would spread like wild fire.
|This is another way of taping a tube to the abdomen.|
The next day the redness was back in the new spot that I had taped the tube to, so I moved the feeding tube over a bit and taped it to another part of his abdomen. It wasn't long before the skin became red again! This was beginning to get really frustrating, and I was running out of new spots on his abdomen to tape it to. I was also running out of ideas and patience, so I decided to call the GI doctor for help. She recommended that I try a different kind of tape. Apparently, they have tape for people with sensitive skin. Who knew?
The medical supply company was very helpful in supplying us with several different types of tape to try. After a little trial and error we found one that worked...for awhile, but his skin just wouldn't cooperate. The redness came back, so I changed to a different kind of tape again and moved the tube around to different spots on his abdomen. We kept hitting the repeat button on this scenario until finally his sensitive skin became red hot with infection.
|This is an infected feeding tube.|
That was the kind of plan that I could get behind. I liked the idea of getting in, getting it done, and getting out. We were admitted to the pediatric floor, and the IV fluids/antibiotics started flowing almost immediately. By the end of the day his fever had broke, and the redness was definitely better. The doctor was pleased with his progress. We were released from the hospital and sent home with some liquid antibiotics that I would give him through his feeding tube for the next couple of weeks. I could hardly believe our luck! This was his shortest stay in the hospital that he had ever had. It was quick, to the point, and effective. Why couldn't it always be this easy?
I didn't waste any time packing up Christopher and heading for home. Tonight we would eat dinner as a family and sleep in our own beds. This had gone better than I ever could have expected. Maybe we had turned a corner. Maybe we were getting better at catching things early and finding more effective ways to treat them...OR maybe I was celebrating too early.
|This is a very infected tube!|
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