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Old 03-16-2010, 11:14 AM   #1
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are recurrent pneumonias a sign of cystic fibrosis?

Hi, my son is 16 months old and is due for a sweat test next week. He has never had any digestive problems, except GERD when he was a newborn, and is pretty big for his age. He eats very good and has a great apetite. however for the past few months he already got pneumonia twice, he is always getting sick and wheezing, when he is sick he wakes up in the middle of the night a few times and coughs for an hour or more without stopping.could this be a sign of cystic fibrosis?

Old 03-17-2010, 08:17 AM   #2
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Re: are recurrent pneumonias a sign of cystic fibrosis?

Frequent respiratory infections CAN be a sign, but it could also be that your child is just one of those kids that catches everything. People with CF can also have reflux. I know DS was on zantac as an infant.

Does your child taste "salty" when you kiss his forehead? Have they run throat/respiratory cultures on him when he's gotten pneumonia to determine what kind of bacteria he's growing. Another "red flag" would be if he's culturing something like Pseudomonas, which is typically a CF bug.

Hopefully you'll get some answers soon.

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