Doctors used to believe that children with pancreatitis should not be fed during an acute attack so their pancreas and intestines could rest. However, recent research shows that early feeding is safe and leads to better results for children and shorter hospital stays.
Seattle Children’s developed nutrition guidelines, based on this research, that are used by all of our doctors treating acute pancreatitis.
During a mild attack, your child may be fed by mouth. During a moderate or severe attack, your child may be fed through a feeding tube placed through the nose — a nasogastric tube (NG tube) or a nasojejunal tube (NJ tube). Usually, children need a feeding tube for only a few days; in severe illness, children may need a feeding tube for several weeks.