Cystic Fibrosis - When To Call a Doctor
It is important to diagnose and
cystic fibrosis early. Call your doctor if your
- Often has lung infections (pneumonia), colds, a cough, shortness of
- Coughs up mucus that contains
- Doesn't gain or stay at the same weight.
- Has smelly,
large, greasy stools or diarrhea.
- Tires easily during activity.
- Has rounded, flat
Call your doctor if your child who has been diagnosed with
cystic fibrosis gets worse in any way. Typically, this is when your
- Has increased coughing or has a cough that is
- Has new wheezing or has wheezing that is getting
- Has more trouble breathing than usual.
- Has lost
weight or is not gaining weight, for no clear reason.
- Is having
symptoms that you and your doctor have discussed as being more serious
Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see approach. It's not a good idea for people who have cystic
fibrosis. If your child has any signs of cystic fibrosis, even if they seem to
be mild, call the doctor right away.
Who to see
The following doctors can diagnose and treat cystic
Other health professionals may also be involved in your
Cystic fibrosis care centers
offer the best, most comprehensive treatment available by addressing
medical, nutritional, and emotional needs.
You can find one by contacting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.