cystic fibrosis are usually caused by the production
of thick, sticky
mucus. Symptoms vary from person to person and are not
always obvious in childhood.
Early signs and symptoms
Symptoms of cystic
fibrosis in a baby or young child may include:
- A blocked small intestine at birth, called a
meconium plug or meconium ileus.
sweat or skin.
- Wanting to eat more or less, having little energy,
or losing weight.
- Unusual bowel movements. This may include
diarrhea that does not go away; large, greasy stools; very smelly stools; or
constipation. If the intestines become blocked, the child's belly may stick out
and the child may not be able to have a bowel movement.
problems or getting tired easily while playing.
- A cough that does
not go away or
Later signs and symptoms
Over time, symptoms may
get worse and result in:
- Coughing up mucus that sometimes has blood in
- Difficulty exercising or not being able to
- Rectal prolapse, when part of the
rectum protrudes from the anus.
Additional symptoms may develop during late childhood or
early adulthood, including:
- Clubbing (rounding and flattening) of the
- Growths (polyps) in the nose or
- Not being able to have children (infertility).
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