Tips and Tricks!- Keep that G-tube button in place

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Pic from G-Tube Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/HaveGTubeWillTravel

Just wanted to add this quick tip since I talked to a patient today about how to make sure their kiddo’s G-tube button doesn’t pop out during therapy sessions.

Why would a PT care about keeping a G-tube button in place?  Because moving around during therapy sessions, especially during tummy time activities on the floor or on an exercise ball, can cause the button to pop out.

There are a number of G-tube covers available online, but they may be expensive (around $100), or too thick,  some you have to get measurements and order.  (here’s a link to a site with multiple links for G tube covers)

I suggest to my patients who just need a simple cover that they can find and buy easily to purchase a knee ice pack sleeve from their local pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens.

Here’s a link to the Walgreens one I have used with patients.  (picture below)

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  • I like this one because the back is a lighter, more breathable material that isn’t too thick so your kiddo doesn’t get too hot with it on, especially during summer.
  • I also like it because it’s nice and soft and washable.
  • If it’s too long, you can cut it and sew the pieces together or just wrap it around twice for extra security
  • I used this on a patient that was 8 years old and still wears it comfortably without it being too tight. They used the same one for about 8 months before the velcro wore out and went and purchased another one recently..
  • If you’re worried about your kiddo still pulling through the material if it’s thin, I add another piece of fabric or paper towel where I normally put the ice pack.
  • And then, of course, I just pop that ice pack in the freezer and use it whenever I need it.

I would also recommend any therapist just having this in their office/bag just in case they see a patient that has a G-tube button but no cover, so then you can make the most out of therapy without worrying about the button popping out.



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2 replies

  1. Do you have a picture of how you used it?

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    • Hi Sorry, I do not have a picture of the patient. But I removed the ice pack and just wrapped the fabric around their torso, with the wider fabric covering the G-tube area. Hope that makes sense, let me know!

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