Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: mom | 2008/10/26

Q.

cistic Fibrosis

Hi doc
.

Befor sounding paranoid and running to the Dr for nothing, can you please advise what to look out for in symtoms of CF

By 22 month old has a cold / flu now for app 5 months with mostely uge amount of mucus production and has been on antibiotics twice in this time. Everytime it gets better and 3-4 days after the med is finished its back.

I would not have woried to much but recently met a girl whom only found out she has CF in her late teens. This was not due to negtecting perants because another family member also had CF.
She just never showed symptoms sever enough to actualy test
for CF?

Am I paranoid

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You are certainly not paranoid, but only worried about your child who is constantly ill. It is very common for children under 3 or 4 years of age to have very frequent upper and lower respiratory tract infections and even more common in those children who attend a creche.In general these children tend to grow out of their illnesses as they develop a resistance and immunity to the common viral infections. I am certain that your little girl falls into this group. In Cystic Fibrosis children do not grow at all well and have very severe episodes of chest infection usually requiring hospital admission,regular physiotherapy and continuous medicines.There is usually a family history of this illness.If you do have a positive family history and your child is very underweight and she does have bad chest infections it is always worthwhile testing for CF.

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