Kathy Davis Research nurse, The Children’s Trust
Enteral feeding has significantly increased over the past 30 years but the use of blended ‘real’ food is gaining increasing public interest. Enteral feeding in children and young people (CYP) unable to tolerate an oral diet or maintain an adequate body weight is used to promote growth, health and well-being. It is mainly used in CYP with neurological dysphagia and complex healthcare needs, gastrointestinal disorders or life-limiting conditions. In the UK only commercially prepared enteral feeds, fluid and liquid medications are recommended for administration through enteral feeding devices.
Primary Health Care. 28, 2, 13-13. doi: 10.7748/phc.28.2.13.s13