What are the signs and symptoms of cystic fibrosis?
The most common symptoms of CF among infants and children include:
- Lack of weight gain/"failure to thrive"
- Oily or bulky stool
- Excessive intestinal gas
- Abnormally swollen belly
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Salt crystals or salty taste on skin
- Nasal congestion
- Sinus problems
- Asthma-like symptoms
- Chronic cough that produces thick, discolored mucus
- Repeated lung infections or pneumonias
- Shortness of breath, even while resting
A few kids with CF begin having symptoms at birth. Some are born with a condition called meconium ileus. Although all newborns have meconium, (the thick, dark, putty-like substance that is a baby's first stool) in CF, the meconium can be too thick and sticky to pass and can completely block the intestines.