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Adventures In Tube Feeding: G-Tubes & Autism Part 3

Posted by Tara Cohen on Jun, Mon 16, 2014

In Part 1 and Part 2 of Adventures in Tube Feeding: G-Tubes & Autism, I shared my family’s recent medical emergency. My 9-year-old son, Will, who has severe autism and is nonverbal, went on a hunger strike, and as a result, ended up in the hospital for nearly two weeks, ultimately getting a feeding tube called a microvasive G-Tube.  Now, while he is undergoing extensive feeding aversion therapy, Will can get all the nutrients he needs through what is essentially an access port to his stomach.

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Tags: autism, G Tube, Gastrostomy Tube, Feeding Tube, Feeding Aversion, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Hypokalemia

Adventures In Tube Feeding: G-Tubes & Autism Part 2

Posted by Tara Cohen on Jun, Thu 12, 2014

Recently, I shared the news that my nine-year-old son just spent 11 days in the hospital due to severe feeding aversion issues that resulted in life-threateningly low potassium levels. So, what is a feeding aversion?

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Tags: autism, G Tube, Gastrostomy Tube, Feeding Tube, Feeding Aversion, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Hypokalemia

Adventures In Tube Feeding: G-Tubes & Autism Part 1

Posted by Tara Cohen on Jun, Tue 10, 2014

If you’ve followed the Lauren’s Hope blog for a while, you know that sometimes I write about my kids and their medical needs. Julia, 7, wears her Lauren’s Hope medical ID bracelet for her chocolate allergy and for the simple fact that I know she would completely freak out and forget our phone number in an emergency. Will, 9, wears his Lauren’s Hope medical ID bracelet because he has severe autism and is nonverbal. He’s had the same one for quite a while now, but last week, I had to order Will a new medical ID tag. The reason? Will just spent 11 days in the hospital and got a G-Tube.

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Tags: autism, G Tube, Gastrostomy Tube, Feeding Tube, Feeding Aversion, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Hypokalemia

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