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Common signs and symptoms of childhood cystic fibrosis

Kids with cystic fibrosis may develop clubbing of the hands or feet.
Kids with cystic fibrosis may develop clubbing of the hands or feet.
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Do you think your child may have cystic fibrosis? Are you aware of the common signs and symptoms of this disease? Cystic fibrosis is a more common childhood disease than some might think. Cystic fibrosis is hereditary. Whether or not this disease runs in your family watch for these signs and symptoms of childhood cystic fibrosis in your children.

Slow growth

Children and infants with cystic fibrosis grow more slowly than other children. They could also develop clubbing of the hands and feet. These issues are said to be caused by lack of oxygen in childhood developmental stages. These signs and symptoms develop in children with heart abnormalities for the same reason.

Lung symptoms

Signs and symptoms of cystic fibrosis in children and adults include thick mucous discharge from the lungs. Watch for reoccurring lung infections as a sign of childhood cystic fibrosis. Children may cough and wheeze constantly. They might also be diagnosed with asthma or bronchitis. If childhood cystic fibrosis runs in your family watch children with these signs and symptoms carefully.


Children with cystic fibrosis might have bowel elimination problems. Stools may appear waxy or greasy. Floating stools are one of the signs of childhood cystic fibrosis as well. Symptoms could include pale or discolored stools. These signs are easy to spot in infants who are not yet toilet trained. Teach older children to let you know if anything about their stools looks odd.

Nasal polyps

Childhood cystic fibrosis symptoms might include nasal polyps. Watch children for growths on the inside of the nose. These fleshy growths can further hamper breathing. Nasal polyps on the inside of the nose might cause a swollen appearance as well. Any unusual growths in the nose should be pointed out to your child's doctor.

Salty skin

One of the signs and symptoms of childhood cystic fibrosis is salty skin. People with cystic fibrosis have a higher salt content in their perspiration. If your child has unusually salty skin, this could be a sign of cystic fibrosis. Parents will taste this symptom right away when giving their child a kiss. There is a noticeable difference in the taste of the skin.

Please note: The author is not a licensed medical professional. This article is not intended to replace professional medical advice.


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