Cystic Fibrosis - Symptoms
cystic fibrosis are usually caused by the production
of thick, sticky
mucus. Symptoms vary from person to person. They aren't
always obvious in childhood.
Symptoms of cystic
fibrosis in a baby or young child may include:
- A blocked small intestine at birth, called a
sweat or skin.
- Wanting to eat more or less than normal, having little energy,
or losing weight.
- Unusual bowel movements.
- The child may have
diarrhea that doesn't go away, large and greasy stools, very smelly stools, or
- If the intestines become blocked, the child's belly may stick out. The child may not be able to have a bowel movement.
problems or getting tired easily while playing.
- A cough that doesn't go away or
Over time, symptoms may
get worse and cause problems such as:
- Coughing up mucus that sometimes has blood in
- Difficulty exercising or not being able to
- Rectal prolapse, which means that part of the
rectum protrudes from the anus.
More symptoms may develop during late childhood or
early adulthood. They include:
- Clubbing (rounding and flattening) of the
- Growths (polyps) in the nose or
- Not being able to have children (infertility).