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How can I help keep my child with cystic fibrosis (CF) from getting sick?

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Kids with cystic fibrosis have a higher risk of getting sick than other kids. To help keep germs away from your child:

  • Wash your hands properly
  • Keep your mouth covered when you cough
  • Clean and disinfect medical equipment

From: If Your Child Has Cystic Fibrosis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: “Parent and Guardian Guidance,” “Your CF Care Team,” “Germs and Staying Healthy,” “A Teacher’s Guide to CF,” “Nutrition for Your 3 to 7 Year Old With CF,” “Enzymes,” “Fitness at School,” “An Introduction to CF.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Cystic Fibrosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cystic Fibrosis.”

KidsHealth: “Cystic Fibrosis.”

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on March 07, 2017

SOURCES:

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: “Parent and Guardian Guidance,” “Your CF Care Team,” “Germs and Staying Healthy,” “A Teacher’s Guide to CF,” “Nutrition for Your 3 to 7 Year Old With CF,” “Enzymes,” “Fitness at School,” “An Introduction to CF.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Cystic Fibrosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cystic Fibrosis.”

KidsHealth: “Cystic Fibrosis.”

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on March 07, 2017

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