Are there gtube DOLLS?

I thought I saw a website sometime last year that made and sold gtube dolls? I was thinking of getting a little baby for my daughter that would have a mickey button just like hers.

On a side note, my husband doesn't really agree. He thinks, we want her to get rid of her gtube! But, I'm trying to explain that if our daughter has brown hair we get her a doll with brown hair. She needs to know that she's normal and it's not this weird thing to have a gtube. She's only 2 and because of her paralyzed vocal cord she'll probably take another 2 years to fully know how to eat and swallow.

Can anyone help with those two questions???

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That's really interesting, that there are g tube dolls. One thing that I think you should explain to your husband is that "peer pressure” is not going to make her eat orally any faster. I'm really not sure about whether or not you should get a doll; I think that's your decision as a parent. But I think if you choose not to, I don't think that will make her get rid of it, just like if you do choose to get her one, it wouldn't prolong the g tube. Hope this helps a little!

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I honestly think it's a good idea. Look at the hospitals that offer dolls with various issues to teach children. My daughter has dyslexia- it's severe and will affect her for life. We teach her about all the others who've had it, how to work around it and be proud to think differently. Isn't that what having a doll with the same issues would teach your daughter. She's the same, just a bit different or unique? It's also a great way to educate other people or kids when they are curious and a good way to take the stigma away. How cool!

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We were taught how to use the g-tube with a doll. I think they just took a (plastic) doll, poked a hole in the tummy, and put the g-tube in and filled it up with water like a normal Mic-key button. It think it's a great idea.

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My daughter has a mickey button and we made her a doll with a gtube. The first one we made was a doll with a soft tummy and the hole we made in the stomach kept expanding and the button would stay. So just a couple of weeks ago we made another one with a baby doll that has a harder plastic stomach. We just drilled a hole in the stomach of the doll and put an old button in the hole and inflated it with air instead of water. We gave her an old extension and a couple of syringes and she loves playing with her tubie doll. I think it's natural for little ones to imitate the world around them so giving Kylie a tubie doll was an easy decision for us to make. I will try to take a picture of the baby doll and post it in here for you to see.

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I love the idea of making my own! And, your advice with how to explain the doll to my hubby is useful. He's not dead set against it, he just doesn't agree 100%. But, I'll bring up your comments (as my own!-lol) and I think it will help. I could understand his point if she had oral aversion, and while she might have some aversion, it's mostly because one vocal cord was paralyzed.
Love your comments, love your ideas.
THANK YOU.

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I think that is a great idea too, I found a g-tube bunny..

http://www.bundiebaby.com/store_bunny.html if you like that idea :)

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My sammy is too young for a doll really, but when he got his ng tube, old ones were sanitized & we'll drilled the noses of a few baby dolls for ng tubes & now a few dolls have drilled holes for g tubes. My children requested this. For christmas my 8 yo dau got a box w/ ng tubes gtubes stethoscope (nurses @ hosp gave me one of the "disposable" ones while sammy was hosp 3rd time) tape gauze squares syringes pump bags empty special formula can bottles (prevent oral aversion says dau) blood pressure cuff (had spares from all hosp stays) empty hydro peroxide bottle & empty sterile water bottles (the 2oz ones) empty med bottles q tips tube of vaseline to pretend med to treat skin around g tube oh oxygen tubing looking for nasal canula.. They have used old cell phones & such for pumps & even took & old backpack to carry it. She will be getting nurse scrubs soon. & I found a nurse bag I can order & will add other medical supplies equip as I find it. Her sibs all join her in imagining they are parents w/ special kids. Doctors. Nurses specialists...

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Ps berenguer ie lots to love & scrapbook babies work well as does baby born & my first baby born (can't find any more).

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I don't know about a g-tube doll, but there is a mom trying to get a tube-fed kid on Sesame Street. Her website is http://feedingtubeawareness.com/ (she has lot of other tube info as well).

Also, there is a great website that I found (http://childrenandbabiesnoteating.com/) that has tons of info on kids who won't eat, feeding tubes, tests and treatments. It's definitely worth checking out.

Best of luck.

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Thanks for the websites!! Looks interesting.

I have since started telling Sofia that her dolls with batteries have gtubes. The battery part on one of her dolls opens at the front in the location a gtube would be so we just pretend that's its gtube!!

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