𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝟐 🏠𝐇𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 (𝐇𝐄𝐅) and 𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐬 (𝐁𝐃) - There has been an increased use of liquidised food for 𝐠𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐲 𝐭𝐮𝐛𝐞 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 in both children and adults. This is not exactly advocated as it is 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫-𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐝 and 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐬 have been raised regarding safety compared to commercially prepared enteral formulas which are less labour intensive, sterile and has a clear nutritional content, etc.
However, support is provided when families inquire about it and a thorough 𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐤 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 (food hygiene, storage, education on a healthy balanced diet, etc.) is done.
It was interesting to see the team working on 𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞+𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐞𝐬.🍛Foods were blended using commercial blenders and the consistency is tested to ensure that there were no blockages through the tube. Nutritional contents were then analysed 📝
I came across blended salmon, egg, avocado, toast with apple juice, blended cereal, nut butter, fruit, blended veg chicken curry with rice (can you imagine the stain😛), etc. An energy-dense liquid base such as formula milk, full-fat milk, yoghurt, juice, etc. is used to boost the nutritional content.
There is (𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐝𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐥) 𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 suggesting:
🔅𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐯𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐥𝐮𝐱 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐥 𝐡𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐬 – possible differences in food vs. formulas on the gut microbiome/digestion?
🔅𝐒𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐛𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐭𝐬 – “normalises” the tube feeding experience and enables parents to be more involved in food prep for their child
🔅𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐟𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐜𝐡 - possible greater interest in food?
❗️Note that there is 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐚 𝐥𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 e.g. education on a healthy balanced diet, family/school support, hygiene, price of blenders, practicalities when travelling, using a feeding pump, etc. However so, it’s important that we support individuals with whatever works best for them - that’s my week 2 done ✅
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