Raising awareness for tubies everywhere!

February 13, 2017

Tube Feeding

Raising awareness for tubies everywhere! Epic Health Services is proud to be a supporter Feeding Tube Awareness Week. This is a week geared towards supporting the Tubie community by raising awareness and educating as many people as possible via social media. If you have a child or know a loved one with a feeding tube, you are probably aware that many people outside of the medical field or “Tubie family” may not understand why someone may have a “tube in their stomach.” The importance of spreading awareness Your child or loved one may have been at the receiving end of…Read More

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Tips for Traveling with Feeding Tube Equipment

December 19, 2016

feeding tube

AAA expects a record-breaking 103 million Americans to travel between December 23, 2016, and January 2, 2017.  Many of these travelers will hit the road with a feeding tube in tow. In addition to weather concerns and crowded airports, feeding tubes can cause undue stress when traveling. Concerns about TSA regulations, health needs, and emergencies might understandably feel overwhelming for parents of children with feeding tubes. However, with some preparation and knowledge, you can travel with a feeding tube with relative ease. Here are Epic’s top tips for feeding tube travel: Have an Emergency Plan Is your mind racing with…Read More

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Thanksgiving Tips for Children with Feeding Tubes

November 19, 2016

Thanksgiving family activities

The New Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is the beginning of the mad dash through the holiday season and for most of us, this is a special time of the year to spend with friends, family and co-workers celebrating; which usually includes eating and drinking your favorite holiday goodies. Now if you have a child or loved one who’s on tube feeding and not able to enjoy the traditional fair, you may be asking yourself, “Should we celebrate a different way this year or just cancel it all together?” The holiday season is meant to reconnect with friends and families and if you…Read More

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Guide to Halloween Pt. 2: Treats for Kids with Feeding Tubes

October 24, 2016

Halloween Feeding Tube Treats

Halloween is a dream holiday for many kids. All the candy you can eat? What’s not to love?! However, if your child is on a feeding tube or has specific food allergies, Halloween is a very different scenario. This may complicate things, but there is hope! Organizations like Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) have created the Teal Pumpkin Project® to help find non-food treats to make Halloween fun for everyone. Teal Pumpkin Project® The orange pumpkin is the signature icon of Halloween. It’s seen outside of almost every house. But have you ever seen a teal pumpkin and thought,…Read More

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Living with Celiac Diease – A Gluten Free Guide

October 3, 2016

Gluten

If you or your child has been recently diagnosed with celiac disease, you may feel overwhelmed. While this feeling is understandable, there is plenty of hope for people with celiac disease. Here’s a quick guide to get you started on your gluten-free journey. What is Celiac Disease? The Celiac Disease Foundation defines the disorder as, “a serious genetic autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.” While the damage occurs in the digestive tract, the symptoms can affect the whole body. Check out this list for some of the most common symptoms. At this time,…Read More

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Recycling Leftover Medical Supplies

September 16, 2016

Medical Supplies

So you have enough leftover medical supplies to start your own distribution center—Bags, IV poles, syringes, button packs, extension sets…and enough formula to turn your two-car garage into a onesie!  You can’t help but think, “This is such a waste! Surely someone could benefit from these supplies.” You are absolutely right! Let’s look at two excellent organization for donating supplies—The Oley Foundation, and Project C.U.R.E. The Oley Foundation The Oley Foundation’s mission statement is “…to connect families in need of enteral formula, pumps, tubing, and other supplies with families who have supplies to donate…” The folks at Oley have designed…Read More

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Back to School – Feeding Tube Planning

September 1, 2016

Tube Feeding

It’s September, and kids are back in school! For children with a feeding tube, there are some important and necessary steps to take to ensure that their feedings are accomplished at school.  Here are some of the steps to plan for: Obtain the needed documentation All school districts require a signed doctor’s order and dietitian’s note specifying the child’s tube feeding plan and needs.  If your child has an IEP (Individualized Education Plan), you would want to make sure any accommodations that need to be made around their feeding or tube care are specified in it. Train the teacher, school…Read More

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Maira Junaid – Epic Patient Superstar

June 21, 2016

8 year old Maira Junaid is our Epic Patient Superstar, and we’re thrilled to tell you her story! A sweet young lady, who happens to be diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, chronic hypoventilatory respiratory failure, bronchopneumonia, and Bronchiectasis, is as tough as her diagnoses are to spell. Her family recently moved to the United States from Pakistan for advanced cystic fibrosis treatment. Maira has been receiving physical therapy, enteral nutrition therapy, and respiratory services from Epic since April 2016. Since then, she has made slow improvements and stabilization; however, Maira is critically ill, requiring continuous intensive evaluations and monitoring. She is…Read More

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Your Difficulty Swallowing Might be a Sign of Dysphagia

March 31, 2016

dysphagia

The difficulty some may experience when swallowing is called dysphagia. Dysphagia is caused by a compression commonly associated with obstructive disorders or a motor disorder of the esophagus. Difficulty swallowing is most common in older adults, babies, and people who have problems of the brain. There are a variety of problems that may cause the throat and the esophagus from functioning properly; some of these are minor, and others are more serious. If you or someone you know is having trouble swallowing on a regular basis, it might be a more serious problem that might require treatment. Dysphagia symptoms can…Read More

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Enteral Nutrition Blenderized Diets: Why is it such a hot topic in pediatrics?

March 21, 2016

congenital

A current tool recommended by pediatric gastroenterologists recently is blenderized diets. So, why would families benefit blenderized diets? After doing some research, here are a few benefits of a blenderized diet. The desire to provide a more natural, organic product rather than a store bought, manufactured liquid supplement is growing. It also gives it a more home cooked meal feeling. Tube fed children receive the same foods the rest of the family is eating. Parents feel this will help increase the variety of nutrients the child is receiving in their diet. Information regarding blenderized diets is plentiful compared to 2-3…Read More

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