Kids medical supplies for home healthcare

medical supplies for home

Some children sadly divide their time between the hospital and their homes, thus kids’ medical supplies for home healthcare are required to monitor their conditions, provide nutrition or oxygen, help them breathe, or for the administration of medicines. This equipment has the advantage of keeping the child as healthy as possible while surrounded by their parents and siblings in a familiar environment. Medical supplies for the home care of children cover three main areas; namely, breathing, feeding, and voiding.




·         Oxygen

·         Tracheostomy

·         Ventilator

·         Manual resuscitation bag

·         Suction machine

·         Pulse oximeter

·         Nasogastric tube

·         Feeding tube

·         Parenteral feeds

·         Diapers

·         Catheter

·         Colostomy bag


Breathing supplies


Some children need oxygen therapy for small or long periods of time. Accordingly they breathe through a mask or nasal cannula.


Refers both to the procedure and the equipment in which a tube is inserted into the airways through an incision in the neck, usually when a child can’t be weaned off a ventilator.


Attached to the tracheostomy, it takes over breathing duties for the kid.

Manual resuscitation bag


Backup for the ventilator in an emergency.

Suction machine

Suctioning is required when the child cannot cough to clear airways. Portable and bedside suction machines are available.

Pulse oximeter

Monitors heart rate and blood oxygen level.


Feeding supplies

Nasogastric (NG) tube

Inserted through the nose, down the throat, and into the stomach to administer formula and medication for a period ranging from weeks to months.

Feeding tube

Inserted through the abdomen straight into the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. For longer periods of support than an NG tube. May be used with a feeding pump.

Parenteral feeds

A longer-term intravenous line in the chest or arm when the GI tract doesn’t function properly.


Voiding supplies


Some conditions may deprive older children of bladder and/or bowel control, thus necessitating bigger diapers.


For kids who need help urinating.

Colostomy bag

For children who have undergone a colostomy; a surgery where one end of the large intestine is brought out through the stomach skin, circumventing the anus. The bag collects the stool directly from the intestine.


In addition to acquiring and learning how to use the aforementioned kids’ medical supplies, family caregivers may have to modify the house in order to make it accessible to wheelchairs or walkers, and to make room to accommodate all of the equipment that will go in the child’s dormitory. The transition from the hospital into home healthcare may be made smoother by doctors, nurses, therapists, aides, and social workers. However, it is in the best interest of the patient that family and friends learn to operate the medical equipment sooner than later, so as to avoid accidents.

For example, oxygen supplies should be kept away from smoking, flames, heaters, rubbing alcohol, petroleum jelly, and spray cans; tracheostomy tubes and tube holders should be cleaned and changed in a timely fashion; catheters should be inserted according to a doctor’s directions; colostomy bags should be changed frequently. Moreover, all involved caregivers should learn how to adjust the settings on a ventilator, how to read a pulse oximeter to avoid false alarms, how often suctioning should be performed.