Cystic fibrosis

Will my child need to go to hospital with cystic fibrosis?

Your child will go to a specialist treatment centre as well as having treatment at home.

If your child gets a lung infection, they will need to be treated with antibiotics. Sometimes these will need to be given intravenously – that means putting the antibiotics directly into the vein. It’s often possible to have intravenous antibiotics at home.

Sometimes children with cystic fibrosis have something called a pulmonary exacerbation or CF lung attack. This is when the symptoms relating to their lungs and breathing become much worse.

If the symptoms get very bad your child may need to go into hospital for treatment.

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Last medically reviewed: September 2016. Due for review: September 2019

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.