Home Parenteral Nutrition Overview

The Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN) Program at Boston Children’s Hospital cares for infants, children, and adolescents with intestinal failure who require intravenous (IV) or parenteral nutrition (PN) and hydration support at home.

For various reasons, the intestines of some children are unable to digest food and provide the nutrition needed to live and grow. PN is a method of providing this nutrition intravenously through a central or PICC line when a child cannot take food by mouth or by enterally (through a feeding tube). The nutrients bypass the normal digestive system and enter the child directly through a thin tube inserted into a vein.

Learn more: http://www.childrenshospital.org/clinicalservices/Site3286/mainpageS3286P0.html

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