Reference Cystic fibrosis Opens New Window is a Reference genetic disorder Opens New Window that cannot be prevented. But people who have cystic fibrosis can help prevent more serious health problems such as lung infections by:
- Keeping Reference immunizations Opens New Window current. Children who have cystic fibrosis should have all the recommended immunizations in addition to pneumococcal shots. For more information, see the topic Reference Immunizations.
- Not smoking and avoiding Reference secondhand smoke Opens New Window.
- Using airway clearance techniques, such as Reference postural drainage and chest percussion.
- Reference Eating nutritious, high-calorie foods.
- Having regular checkups and frequent tests, and following their treatment plan.
- Seeking care from a cystic fibrosis specialty treatment center, if possible.
If your newborn has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, avoid placing him or her in day care for at least 6 months to 1 year, if possible. Care for your baby at home.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 12, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Susanna McColley, MD - Pediatric Pulmonology