If Your Child Has Cystic Fibrosis

Children with cystic fibrosis may have different dietary needs than other children. The Nemours Foundations says parents should make sure that children with cystic fibrosis get plenty of:

  • Calcium for bone health, via dairy products and calcium-fortified foods and drinks.
  • Essential fatty acids that may play a role in lung function, via walnuts, salmon, and flax seeds. Supplements are OK if your pediatrician approves.
  • Vitamins A, D, E and K — the fat-soluble vitamins — via supplements to help boost the immune system.
  • Iron to prevent anemia, via meats and dark green veggies.
  • Salt, to counteract salt loss through sweat.
  • Zinc, to boost the immune system and promote healing, via eggs, meat and seafood.

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