Nutrition in Pediatrics Clinical Care Guidelines

Normal growth is associated with good lung function in children with CF. The CF Foundation gathered a team of experts to determine the best ways to ensure good nutrition for healthy growth.

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Normal growth is associated with good lung function in children with CF. The CF Foundation gathered a team of experts to determine the best ways to ensure good nutrition for healthy growth. Guidelines on pediatric nutrition include:

  • Keeping track of growth by measuring:
    • Height or length, weight, head circumference (in infants)
    • Bone health, stage of puberty
    • Pancreatic insufficiency
  • Getting the right amount of:
    • Pancreatic enzymes
    • Formula or breastfeeding (for infants)
    • Necessary calories
    • Vitamins, minerals, fatty acids
    • Salt
  • Adding additional calories through:
    • Improving eating habits
    • Supplements
    • Tube feedings

"Consensus Report on Nutrition for Pediatric Patients with Cystic Fibrosis" J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2002 Sep;35(3):246-59

The guidelines were published in September 2002, they were reviewed in April 2019 and it was determined that no update is needed at this time.

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