Cystic Fibrosis - When To Call a Doctor
It is important to diagnose and
cystic fibrosis early. Call your doctor if your
- Has frequent lung infections (pneumonia), colds, an ongoing cough, shortness of
- Coughs up mucus that contains
- Does not gain or maintain 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, without an explanation.
- Is having
symptoms that you and your doctor have discussed as being more serious
Watchful waiting is a period of time during
which you and your doctor observe your child's symptoms without using medical
treatment. Watchful waiting is 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, see 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 multidisciplinary specialist centers
offer the best, most comprehensive treatment available by addressing the
medical, nutritional, and emotional needs of people who have cystic fibrosis.
You can locate one by contacting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.