Many children with SBS need extra nutrients through a tube that goes into a vein, called intravenous (IV) feeding.
Through that tube, children will receive intravenous nutrition like total parenteral nutrition (TPN), which is a long-term treatment for some children. When possible, doctors try to wean children off TPN. This helps children lead a more normal lifestyle and can prevent complications, such as liver problems and bacterial infections.
Another important part of feeding is giving your child some food by mouth. This helps your child learn how to suck and eat, helping them absorb food. Our dietitians and therapists are specially trained to teach your child these skills.