Good nutrition for children with cystic fibrosis means high-calorie foods, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. It also can mean accepting tube feeding as a way to help your child thrive.
Good eating habits last a lifetime. Remember to compliment and reward good eating habits. If mealtime battles drag on and affect your child's growth, consider tube feeding to ensure good nutrition.
Starting solid foods is very important for the development and health of babies with cystic fibrosis.
At this age, you will want to start serving high-calorie finger foods and gradually boost calories with safe solid foods. It is important to create a routine and set time limits at mealtime.
At this age, your child with cystic fibrosis is ready to transition from breast milk or formula to whole milk or a high-calorie supplement. Encourage independent eating. Create a consistent schedule and mealtime expectations.
Children with cystic fibrosis ages 3 to 7 learn by watching their family, parents, teachers, and friends. They like to be independent but need limits and structure. Have planned meals and snacks.
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