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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

G-tube pads and G-tube covers

I'm dedicating this post to G-tube pads (aka - G-tube covers) since I've gotten the most questions about this subject throughout the years of this blog. My son has had a feeding tube his entire life starting with an NG tube through his nose, then a G-tube through the stomach, then a GJ-tube (we bypassed his stomach for a year) and he's been back to a G-tube for quite some time. I realized quickly that he needed a more stable pad around his stoma site than those split guaze pieces that just fall off. We've been using plain white pads with snaps for the past 18 months and they are my personal favorite because I can bleach them if they're stained with blood or any other bodily discharge (sorry for those gross words!). I also prefer a snap versus velcro as the closure because it just seems to hold up better in the wash.

I put together information I've found from notes I've made for quite some time and I wanted to share them with anyone else caring for a tube site. Many, if not most of the makers of these pads are all mothers who care for a child with a feeding tube, how fabulous is that to put your passion and talent to good work!


Step-by-step guide on how to make your own:
http://littletoytreasures.blogspot.com/2011/01/cloth-g-tube-pad.html

Lowest cost per pad:
Julia's G-tube pads (snap, round, ~$2.00 ea or $25/12, $3.00 US shipping):
http://home.surewest.net/jzachreson

 3 Tiny Blessings (velcro/snap/magnet, round, $2.00 ea, ? shipping):
http://www.facebook.com/3TinyBlessings
 Belly Buttons (velcro, found, 7 for $14, ? shipping):
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Belly-Buttons/258014974209224

Snap-Ez
http://www.snap-ez.com/CartDiscontinuedProducts.html#GTubePads

White pads:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/73395417/g-tube-pads-5-pack
http://hyenacart.com/stores/PatchworkPeddler/index.php?c=51



More great sites and options:
Beck Family Blessings (snap, round, $2.99 ea, $1.99 shipping):
http://beckfamilyblessings.blogspot.com/p/g-tube-pads-ordering-information.html

Branyon’s Buttons (velcro, round, $3.50 ea, free shipping):
www.branyansbuttons.com

Button Cuddlers (velcro, round with top cover, $5.00 ea, $2.00 shipping) :
http://www.feedingessentials.com/#!shop-online

G-squares (snap, square, $5.00 ea, ? shipping):
www.g-squares.com

Help us Eat (snap, round, $2.50, $2.00 shipping):
http://www.etsy.com/shop/HelpUsEat?ref=pr_shop_more

My Button Buddies (velcro, round, $5.00 ea, $1.99 shipping):
http://www.mybuttonbuddies.com/

Patchwork Peddler (snap, round, $5.00 ea, $1.95 shipping):
http://www.etsy.com/shop/PatchworkPeddlerEtsy?ref=seller_info

Stacy Rae Creations (snap, round, $4.00 each, round covered $5.00 ea, ? shipping):
http://www.facebook.com/stacyraecreations
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.132999880103738.24262.126166227453770

Suzanne’s Special Kids (snap, round, ~$3.17 ea, $2.00 shipping):
http://www.etsy.com/shop/SuzannesSpecialKids?ref=pr_shop_more

Sweet Dreams and Happy Thoughts (velcro, round, ~$2.25 ea, free shipping):
http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&sc_id=148814&seller_id=90658&op=new

Tubie Whoobies/The Sub Shop (snap/velcro, various shapes, $4.00 ea, $2.00 shipping):
http://www.etsy.com/shop/thesubshop?ref=pr_shop_more
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tubie-Whoobies-G-tube-pads/132313983526046

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