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Suspecting Cystic Fibrosis
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Cystic Fibrosis symptoms vary from child to child. A baby born with the cystic fibrosis genes usually has symptoms of cystic fibrosis during its first year. Sometimes, however, signs of the disease may not show up until adolescence or even later. Infants or young children should be tested for CF if they have persistent diarrhea, bulky foul-smelling and greasy stools, frequent wheezing or pneumonia, a chronic cough with thick mucus, salty-tasting skin, or poor growth. CF should be suspected in babies born with an intestinal blockage called meconium ileus.
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