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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
A MIC-G™ gastrostomy tube (g-tube) has been put into your child’s stomach through a hole called a “stoma.” This g-tube has both a water filled balloon inside the stomach and a disk sitting on the outside of the stomach to help hold it in place.
Figure 1: MIC-G™ in stomach
Your child’s MIC-G™ g-tube:
Balloon Water Amount:____ (cc/ml)
Figure 2: MIC-G™ Tube
How should I care for my child?
Care of the MIC-G™ g-tube:
Follow these steps to check the amount of water in the balloon once a week:
The MIC-G™ tube is held in place by a water-filled balloon. You should check the amount of water in the balloon once a week, on the same day each week.
Giving Feedings using the MIC-G™ g-tube:
Refer to these information sheets for instructions on how to give feedings:
Giving Medicine using the MIC-G™ g-tube:
If the MIC-G™ g-tube falls out:
Don’t panic! Do one of these things:
Call your child’s doctor or nurse if:
Who can I call if I have questions?
If your child is followed by General Surgery:
If your child is followed by Gastroenterology (GI):
Call the General Surgery outpatient nurses at (617) 355-7716 or (617) 355-7704.
Call the Children’s Hospital page operator at (617) 355-6369 and ask for the General Surgery Senior Resident on-call.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”