Have you ever experienced a feeding tube balloon that wouldn’t deflate? Inability to extract water from the balloon is not an extremely common problem, but it can happen! Here’s what to do if you find yourself with this issue…
- Make sure the recess in the balloon valve is clean. The recess sometimes traps spills of formula or other material, so be sure the valve is not closed by food.
- Clean inside the recess; then firmly seat the syringe into the valve, push and twist one quarter turn.
- Try pulling back on the plunger again.
- If the balloon still will not deflate, use the end of a large paper clip to depress the valve and release the water. Be sure you have a replacement tube to insert into the stoma! If you do not, contact your physician before deflating the balloon on your own.
- Remove the old tube and replace it with a new one.
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