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Mouth care, feeding, and hydration 

Mouth care, feeding, and hydration
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Mouth care, feeding, and hydration
Author(s):

Richard D.W. Hain

and Satbir Singh Jassal

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198745457.003.0010
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date: 30 October 2020

Feeding one’s child is a basic parental instinct, so a situation where this is causing problems is very distressing not only for the child, but also for the family. This chapter examines the management of feeding problems, including nutritional assessment and factors that may help with feeding. Types of enteral feeding are also covered, including nasogastric tube and gastrostomy, with details given on factors that would influence the need for enteral feeding. This chapter includes a section on hydration and mouth care, an often overlooked area of symptom management.

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