These blenderized tube feeding criteria can help you figure out if it is the best decision for your family. After all, as with all healthcare decisions, this one will impact your entire family. The blenderized diet requires careful preparation and storage and the rate and times of the tube feeds may need to be adjusted to promote tolerance. Also be sure to read the article on blenderized formula risks and benefits to help you with your decision.
After all, as with all healthcare decisions, this one will impact your entire family. The blenderized diet requires careful preparation and storage and the rate and times of the tube feeds may need to be adjusted to promote tolerance. A blended diet requires your child receive a G-tube feeding through a thicker tube, among many other things. Read below for the full list of criteria.
You didn’t think you were let off the hook that easy, did you? It’s just as important that parents fit these criteria as that the child fit the ones above. If you are not meticulously clean and detail oriented, homemade blended formula may not work for your child. Please remember that blending your own formula greatly increases the risk of bacteria over regular formulas. A caregiver needs to meet the following criteria before a blended diet should be tried:
That’s about all the blenderized tube feeding criteria I can think of. If you and your child meet all of these criteria, a blenderized diet may be a great option. An appointment with a pediatric dietitian to get you going in the right direction is highly recommended, and you should start gradually and monitor tolerance.
If you aren’t sure if the blenderized diet is for you however would like your child to receive a whole foods formula, there is one on the market called Compleat Pediatric. This formula includes vegetables, meat and milk and is a ready to feed formula. If your doctor is against you trying the blended diet or you are unsure if this option is for you, or if your child doesn't meet the blenderized tube feeding criteria, ask him about thisformula. It may be a great compromise and the best of both worlds.
Also remember that just because your child does not currently meet the blenderized tube feeding criteria does not mean he will never meet them. If you have your heart set on homemade blended food, reevaluate him continiously to see if his condition improves and he is now able to try it.
Always remember that the ultimate goal of most tube fed kids is to get off the tube and get them to eat. Good luck with your decision.