Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a disease that causes the body to make thick, sticky mucus. The lungs, stomach, intestines, liver, and pancreas can all be affected.

When this sticky mucus clogs an organ, bacteria can grow and cause infections. When CF affects the lungs, it creates breathing problems; in the intestines or pancreas, CF makes it hard to digest food.

There is no cure, but kids can learn special breathing to help keep their lungs clear. Exercise makes the lungs stronger. There are medicines to help digestion. Taking extra vitamins and minerals helps, too.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] Provides information about the disease, treatment options, clinical trials, research, and public policy.
KidsHealth: Cystic Fibrosis
[ Kids ] Learn more about this condition, the causes, and what it is like to live with CF.
KidsHealth: Recipes for Kids With Cystic Fibrosis
[ Kids ] Learn to make these high-calorie recipes, like cheesecake squares, cheesy mashed potatoes, and baked creamy chicken.
TeensHealth: Cystic Fibrosis
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] Learn about what it is, the causes, what happens to the body, and how to live with it.
TeensHealth: Cystic Fibrosis Diet and Nutrition
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] Learn what CF teens need to eat more of, supplements that help, and a sample diet.
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