Health Tip: If Your Child Has Cystic Fibrosis

Make sure nutritional needs are met

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(HealthDay News) -- 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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