They are unsightly, can be uncomfortable (nasogastric ulcers, pharyngeal discomfort etc..), tummy upset (diarrhea and constipation) and they have to be changed regularly. Patients often report still feeling thirsty or not feeling satisfied after feeding. There is a huge psychosocial side to having an NG inserted, meals are a major social and regular occurrence that NG users miss out on, it is important that a patient (even children) understandthe benefitsof an NG tubeto reduce the neg. impact. The long term effects are unknown.