Staying Healthy as a goal for Cystic Fibrosis Sufferers
With the condition of cystic fibrosis patients being prone and susceptible to infections and complications, the most important goal for every patient is to stay healthy as possible. Regular visits to a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited healthcare center, taking the right medications and doing physical chest therapy are top priority for cf sufferers. Staying healthy is very important to slow down the progression of the disease.
But staying healthy is more than just taking the right medications and going for regular check-ups. People with cystic fibrosis need to establish a routine and be disciplined with their lifestyle. Regimens needed to constantly do would include the following:
High calorie Diet
Watching their diet intake is essential for a CF patient’s utmost health. High amounts of calorie and fat in children’s diet are needed for normal growth and development and adults need it to maintain their health. Parents have to make sure their children eat a healthy diet recommended by a doctor or nutritionist. The nutrition and general lung health of affected persons are actually related. Since people with CF need additional calories to make up for malabsorption of nutrients, these extra calories also aid in meeting the energy needed to fight infections.
Take Pancreatic Enzymes
Taking pancreatic supplements for maintenance is needed by most patients to stay healthy. They should talk with their doctors or dieticians to know the amount of enzymes ideal for them. Parents also need to encourage their children to take supplements to help them in their growing up years.
Vitamins and Minerals
Daily intake of vitamins and minerals are also recommended to CF patients, specifically vitamins A, D, E and K. Calcium, iron, sodium chloride and zinc minerals are also vital for people with cystic fibrosis to stay healthy.
Avoid Germ contamination
Avoiding germ contamination is also important because of the susceptibility to infections. Nothing beats frequent hand-washing with soap and water or sanitizing hand gels to keep you from catching and spreading germs. Parents can also teach and encourage not only their children, but also family members to wash their hands before eating, after going to the bathroom, or when coming home from school or work. In this way, even family members will be aware that they can also prevent the spread of germs to susceptible family members.
Staying healthy also includes getting annual flu vaccinations. Immunizations for flu can help protect patients form acquiring contagious viruses like influenza and even prevalent strains. Parents can keep their child’s immunizations up to date. Children are more likely to experience complications when they get sick. Aside from the regular childhood immunizations, pneumococcal and influenza vaccines are also essential for kids to stay healthy.
Avoid smoking at home or in the car and tell other people not to smoke around your child. Keep away from second-hand smoke as it is potentially harmful to people with cystic fibrosis.
Exercise can help persons with cystic fibrosis improve their overall health. They can stay healthy by doing aerobic exercises. This can also help mobilize the mucus prior to chest PT and thus maximize its benefits. Children with cystic fibrosis can be encouraged to lead as normal and active life as possible by participating in organized sports or classes at a gym. This is also a way to build confidence and self-esteem.
Disclaimer: This website provides general information about cystic fibrosis and in no means should be taken as a medical or health advice. Please consult your doctor before acting on any of its information.