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Resources for parents & Children

Facebook Groups 

Some families find Facebook groups very helpful for connecting with other parents and for getting support and tips from other families. 

  • There are a few Facebook groups dedicated to feeding tubes, e.g. Tube Feeding your child in the UK - support group.
  • There are also local groups, condition-specific groups and groups moderated by charities, e.g. Well Child, Together for Short Lives, TOFS
  • If you are considering giving your child a blended diet, there is a very active Facebook community: Blended Diet UK

Emotional support


Some families have recommended clothing which has been adapted for easy access to a gastrostomy. Marks and Spencer’s sell clothes with pockets for feeding tubes: 

  • Button buddies are cloth pads which can be applied around the gastrostomy button to help protect the site, they can be found in various colours and patterns.
    Information about button buddies
  • Button buddies of various designs can be purchased on Etsy


Resources for explaining gastrostomies to children and siblings

Some parents have shared tips with us about how to explain what a gastrostomy is to their child or other siblings. Here are some ideas:


  • You might find it helpful to buy or make a doll or teddy with a gastrostomy for your child to play with. There are various places you can buy dolls or teddies with gastrostomies, and other medical devices.

e.g. Feeding tube doll Etsy


Some parents tell us books about gastrostomies can be helpful for their children. Here are a few examples parents and clinicians have recommended: