Gateshead nurse explains the 'blended diet'

Posted on Tue, 10/12/2019

A Gateshead nurse whose daughter needs a special tube-fed diet has been sharing her experience with a group of patients, carers and health professionals in Gateshead.

Kristine Flint, who is mum to 12 year old Nieve, explained more about her journey in choosing an alternative method of enteral feeding called a 'blended diet’.

A blended diet is an alternative approach to nourishing a child who is tube fed. A meal is prepared then blended in a food blender to create a smooth meal which can be given through a feeding tube into the stomach. 

Kristine presented a detailed slideshow to an audience of parents, carers and other professionals, who described what a typical day of Nieve’s blended meals looked like. She also presented a step by step guide to making blended meals and offered other useful information when embarking on the blended diet journey. 

The slideshow was followed by a practical demonstration where Kristine and her mum Sharon demonstrated making a breakfast blend and a lunch meal with the high powered blender. 

Kristine said: “I was delighted to be invited along to do a presentation at the 'Blended diet' session which Dr Dale organised. I have been feeding my daughter Nieve a blended diet via her feeding tube for 8 years and was asked to share my experiences of this approach to feeding.  

The session went extremely well with attendance from dieticians, community children's nurses, teachers from the local special needs school and parents. I felt that the session reflected the shift in opinion and attitudes on blended diet and I am very excited to see what the future holds.”

She has been working closely with Dr Anne Dale, a consultant paediatrician at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, who has hosted a number of different events related to eating advice.

Dr Dale said: “This was a really positive event and a great opportunity for all our patients and families who use blended diets to meet together and share their ideas and experiences. We were also able to demonstrate different blenders and explain more about the type of food involved.

“Kristine is now highly experienced and led and excellent session which we hope will inspire families and help them find some answers and support.”

You can read more about the previous event, which focused on feeding advice for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) here: https://www.qegateshead.nhs.uk/node/1978

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