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    Venting Air From Stomach Through a PEG

    There have been a few comments recently on trapped wind, so I thought I'd post on how to remove air from the stomach through a feeding tube, "PEG", before it travels down the intestines, which can cause pain, discomfort and leaky bottoms...

    - Attach a 60ml syringe, with its plunger removed, to either the extension tube (for buttons) or directly to the feeding tube.
    - Hold the syringe up above the stomach.
    - Open the clamp and you'll hear air gurgles.
    - Be careful as some stomach contents/fluid may go into the syringe.
    - It helps if someone gently palpates the stomach.

    I've always done it when lying down or well reclined. Obviously this only works when air is in the tummy and not lower down in the intestines! !

    There are videos online, here is one example, it's on a button, but the principle is the same:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzMZu3wc5jA

    It works well and gives instant relief

    Love Ellie.
    ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
    Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.


    #2
    Wow Ellie!! Thank you for all your advice and tips. You never cease to amaze me - and many others too.

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      #3
      Aww thanks Miranda. No point keeping all this hard earned knowledge to myself !!

      Love Ellie.
      ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
      Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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        #4
        Thanks for the tip, Ellie. I should have my PEG in situ by this time next Monday.
        Dina

        Trying to keep positive, but not always managing.

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          #5
          Thanks Chimp for your tips,,

          But I need a tube elsewhere.

          Love Terry
          TB once said that "The forum is still the best source for friendship and information."

          It will only remain so if new people post and keep us updated on things that work or don't work and tips.

          Please post on old threads that are of use so that others see them and feel free to start new subjects and threads.

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            #6
            When I open Steve’s rig lots of wind can come out but I make sure I have a cloth as sometimes liquid can spurt out.

            Sue

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              #7
              Hi Sue, if you attach a syringe to the tube, without its plunger, and hold it up high above Steve's stomach, you should get more air and hardly any liquid!! Venting air/wind out of one's stomach is a big plus for those of us with a feeding tube

              The less air in his stomach before you run his feed, the better.

              Love Ellie.
              ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
              Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Terry View Post

                ... I need a tube elsewhere.
                Terry, if the air in your lower intestines isn't travelling down from your stomach, as you suggest, it's likely that it's maybe food-type related, i.e. your body has a problem digesting that type of food or it's IBS?

                I wonder if taking probiotics would help? And maybe try venting your stomach before you eat for a few days to see if there's air there? You've enough to cope with without the issue of frequent trapped wind

                Love Ellie.
                ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
                Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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