There are increasing numbers of children with complex health care needs that require having all, or part, of their nutritional intake via gastrostomy feeds. The recommended feed for children via gastrostomy is commercially produced formula. However, there is a growing body of parents who are interested in and/or choosing to feed their children home-blended meals. These parents report benefits such as improved gastro-oesphageal reflux symptoms, less constipation and less distress in their child. The need for further research in this area has come from a research prioritisation exercise, review of the literature and professional organisations eg. British Dietetic Association.
The overall research question for this two stage study is:
What are the risks, benefits and resource implications for using home-blended food for children with gatrostomy tubes compared to currently recommended formula feeds?
The objectives are:
|Start Date:||October 2018|
|Expiry Date:|| March 2022