Generally speaking, cystic fibrosis (CF) is a disease mostly diagnosed in newborns and infants because symptoms are apparent and progressive in a short amount of time. Most children are diagnosed before the age of two.
1 – Salty-Tasting Skin Secretions
Symptoms to look for in a newborn include salty-tasting skin secretions.
2 – Inability To Gain Weight
Sometimes, newborns will be unable to gain weight. In fact, the newborn may lose weight.
3 – Slow Growth
Newborns may grow slower than the normal growth rate.
4 – Coughing
Respiratory symptoms to look for in a newborn may include coughing.
5 – Nasal Congestion
Nasal congestion could be a respiratory symptom to watch for.
6 – Pneumonia
Newborns might develop pneumonia.
7 – Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath is another symptom.
8 – Bowel symptoms
Be aware of bowel symptoms that could include diarrhea, severe constipation creating a stomach ache, bloating and gas, nausea, appetite loss and foul smelling stools.
9 – Phlegm
Phlegm could be another symptom.
10 – Fever
Fever can be indicative of many things, but also could be a symptom of CF.
*Symptoms that may occur later in life:
Clubbed fingers, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) and possible infertility in males (loss of the vas deferens due to mucus build up).
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