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Transition from enteral to oral feeding may be considered as a management strategy in response to concerns regarding feeding safety, adequacy, feeding as a positive experience, development, and efficiency.
Transitioning from enteral to oral feeding should be considered from the time enteral feeds are initiated. Setting a clear platform from the outset prevents enteral tubes from being used longer than required.
Assess the safety and readiness of the child to begin or increase oral feeding and the readiness of families to work with their child and healthcare professionals toward oral feeding.
Feeling comfortable with enteral feeding and/or being in a mealtime setting is essential before facilitating the development of feeding skills and working on oral desensitization.
The approach to reducing enteral feeds will be different for each child.
Transitioning from enteral to oral feeding is a process. At each stage of the transition process it is important to identify a limited number of achievable, developmentally appropriate and measurable goals.
ermanent removal of a feeding tube may be considered when the child is clinically stable, has safe and adequate oral intake to grow appropriately and meet nutrition needs.
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