Why You Need a Feeding Tube Emergency Kit
If you have a child with a feeding tube, you probably understand the stress of worrying that you will be away from home at feeding time only to discover you are missing an essential supply. This has happened to me twice. Once we were one a road trip and had to head home for extra supplies (we had a feeding bag malfunction) and once when I had Apollo at a sleep study and forgot to bring an extension. We keep this box of feeding tube supplies in our van at all times, in case of emergencies.
Amazingly, most of these items can be found on Amazon! I have affiliate links in my list below. Chuck and I have found it worthwhile to invest in a few extras, so we never run short. We have been saved on more than one occasion by the supplies in this box.
What I Pack in My Feeding Tube Emergency Kit:
* spare mic-key
* Enough formula for two feedings
* 2 feeding bags
* 2 extensions
* 2 60 ml syringes
* sterile water
* baby wipes
* 2 garbage bags
Click here for the free printable list!
All of these are packed in a plastic box with locking that slides under a seat in our van. The other supply I consider essential is this VersaVia seat cover.
*this cover was sent to me for review purposes*
For the first couple of years that Apollo had his feeding tube, he would vomit completely randomly. There was never any warning…He would be sitting there one minute and vomiting the next. More than one time we’ve had to pass back a vomit receptacle while we were driving. I love the VersaVia car seat cover. It slips easily over any standard size seat and protects from liquid, sand, dirt, etc. It is easy to clean with a cloth or vacuum and can easily be thrown in the washing machine. This seat cover is an idea for anyone with children under the age of 18!
I hope this list is helpful to you. I know I prefer to have a checklist over reinventing the wheel and worrying I’ve forgotten something.