Your child has had a Gastrostomy (G.T.) Button placed. The Button can be used either short-term or long-term, depending on why it is needed. The Button is used to give fluids, feedings, and medications to those that cannot take them by mouth, and the Button allows for feedings to be given straight into the stomach.
How the GT Button is used
- To give your child supplemental nutrition because your child can eat but cannot get enough nutrition from what they consume by mouth alone.
- To give your child total nutrition because they are completely unable to eat by mouth.
- To decompress (burp) your child's stomach.
Before you leave the hospital, you should be able to answer these questions: