Feeding by g-tube creates a scientific environment and the question is always: Am I giving my g-tuber enough calories?
Calorie requirements for children vary tremendously according to age, size, activity level, health issues and gender to name a few. According to the pediatrician at www.keepkidshealthy.com here are some general starting numbers:
|0-5 months||650||11 – 14 years||2500||11 – 14 years||2200|
|6-12 months||850||15 – 18 years||3000||15 – 18 years||2200|
The calories of my g-tube blended meals also vary, according to the ingredients used, quantities, etc.
My estimates are as follows:
Protein and Vegetable Blend approximately 20 calories per ounce. I adjust as needed with more nuts, more oils.
Fruit and Grain Recipe still being calculated but seems very similar. I adjust by adding nuts or oil.