In people with CF, mucus can obstruct the digestive system and prevent proper absorption of nutrients, which can slow growth.
To boost growth and nutrition, children with CF follow a special diet, which includes pancreatic enzymes, vitamins, and high-calorie, high-fat foods.
Meet with your student and his or her parents about ways to help your student maintain a healthy diet. Accommodations may include allowing the child with CF more time to eat during lunch, to snack throughout the school day, and to take nutritional supplements and enzymes with each snack and meal to increase calories.
Although enzymes help with digestion, people with CF may still experience abdominal pain, foul-smelling gas, and/or diarrhea. This is why it is important to:
- Give a student with CF frequent access to the bathroom.
- Not draw attention to the student if she or he passes gas frequently.
- Make the student feel comfortable about going to the bathroom when needed.
Learn more about CF and nutrition.