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Infant born with swallowing disorder, causing cough and vomiting. Feeding tube through the nose and a pump. How long will it last?

My grandson, who is 8 months now, was born with a swallowing disorder. His formula also splashed down the trachea, causing coughing and throwing up. After a month or so he was given a feeding tube through the nose and a pump. As he got older he began gagging and throwing up, in addition to him pulling the tube out. Now he has a g-tube. By the way, it was determined early on he is allergic to milk. He now generates a lot of fluid in his throat and nose and coughs and gags a lot. He also throws up still. He is now back in the hospital again because of the gagging and throwing up. At some point it was determined that he would have a continuous slow feed from 7pm to 7am, and 2 bola feeds, one at 11am and another at 3pm. What is this condition called and how long will it last? I hear that children grow out of this issue.
Asked On : Tue, 5 Mar 2013
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From the history you have mentioned looks like your grandson could most probably be having grade 3-4 Gastroesophageal reflux .He has had a bad experience with food in the past.I think what his pediatrician right now are trying to do is provide him good nutrtion for proper growth.Such refluxes get better as child grows for instance as he starts to sit and stand his muscles will get stronger to hold the feed in the tummy.So lets hope this is true.If he doesnot improve then there are surgeies which can rectify the problem.So lets hope he gets better with time.
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Answered: Wed, 6 Mar 2013
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