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Too Hot To Handle

Posted Oct 28 2011 10:27pm

Sometimes when feeding blended meals via g-tube, the food is actually too hot to put in the tummy!  Our mouths are our first line of defense, protecting our bodies from food that is too hot to eat.  But we still have to protect our stomachs from very hot food.  If we can burn our mouths with food, we can certainly burn our stomachs, as well.

When I make a quick batch of blended food sometimes it is too hot for immediate feeding.  Here is a great solution that works quite quickly:

The advantage of putting ice in a bag before putting it in the food is that it prevents dilution.  If you are trying to control calories, or maximize them, adding water would of course reduce the calorie count per ounce.

I’ve also tried running cold water over a syringe.  The bag of ice in the food works much more quickly.

Quick tip:  If the syringe full of food feels hot in your hand, it is most likely too hot to deliver to a stomach.

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