Cystic fibrosis

Preventing cystic fibrosis

There's no way to prevent cystic fibrosis, but with proper treatment, the symptoms can be managed to make the condition easier to live with, particularly in childhood.

Managing symptoms

Most school-age children with cystic fibrosis are relatively healthy and are able to join in all school activities. Make sure your child:

  • has regular appointments to monitor their condition. These will check how well their treatment is working and whether anything needs to be changed.
  • gets the right treatment as recommended by their specialist team. This may include antibiotics, physiotherapy, and other medication.
  • gets the right nutrition. This is vital to help your child develop normally and keep them healthy.
  • is up-to-date with all the routine vaccinations and make sure that they have the flu jab every year once they're old enough.
  • gets suitable exercise. This is an important part of their physiotherapy treatment and will help manage the condition. Ask their physiotherapist to suggest appropriate ways of exercising.
  • avoids cigarette smoke. This could make their symptoms worse. Our information about risks to children's lungs has more information about the risks of smoke and other air pollution.

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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.