Cystic Fibrosis Diet 

 

The cystic fibrosis diet is basically a diet high in calories, fat and calcium. These children need more calories because their bodies have trouble digesting fat, and gaining weight.

They also need to be strong to be able to fight off infections such as the cold and the flu, which can be much more serious for a child with CF than a healthy child.

Your child with cystic fibrosis needs a diet full of high calorie foods. They can also benefit from a high calorie supplement such as Boost Kids Essentials 1.5 or Pediasure 1.5. For even more calories, Scandishake is a supplement that contains 600 calories per serving when mixed with 8 ounces of milk!

To purchase supplements that have calories and can help your child with cystic fibrosis, visit our store. The best high calorie foods for your child on a cystic fibrosis diet are the healthy ones. Avocados, healthy oils and nut butters are just a few great high calorie foods that should be eaten frequently for extra calories and good fats.

Other nutrients children on a cystic fibrosis diet need to concentrate on is protein, iron, salt, zinc and calcium. 15-20% of their calories should come from high quality protein such as eggs, chicken, fish and red meat.

Iron is needed to help fight infection and oxygenate the blood. Red meat, dried fruit, fortified cereals, beans and leafy green vegetables should all be implemented into the diet to provide enough iron to thrive.

Zinc is also important to fight infection, grow properly and heal. Zinc containing foods include organ meats, eggs and seafood.

Extra salt is sometimes needed because the sweat is very salty, so a sports drink is recommended if they play sports or run.

Finally, the cystic fibrosis diet needs to be high in calcium because these children often get osteoporosis later in life. The high calorie supplements are fortified with calcium, but dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese (all full fat, of course!) should be eaten frequently to get enough calcium. If your child cannot get enough calcium in his daily diet, speak to his doctor to see if he needs a calcium supplement.

Many children with cystic fibrosis also need to take enzymes to help digest fat, carbohydrates and protein. Healthy people make and utilize these enzymes naturally, however those with CF cannot utilize them, so they need the enzymes to help them digest food and gain weight.

These children are usually also on a supplement with vitamins A, D, E and K to provide additional amounts of these fat soluble vitamins.

For some kids though, a high calorie diet is not enough. They just can’t seem to eat enough calories and fat to gain enough weight to stay healthy. For these children, a tube feeding is probably your best bet. Your child can be on the tube overnight and be free of the tube during the day, allowing the child to eat and do whatever he wants during the day without being attached to the feeding tube.

The cystic fibrosis diet has challenges, because of course not every child wants to constantly be eating high calorie, high fat foods all the time. Despite this, it is a manageable diet and if it's difficult, a feeding tube should always be an option to take unwarranted stress off the child and parents.

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To purchase supplements that have calories and can help your child with cystic fibrosis, visit our store. The best high calorie foods for your child on a cystic fibrosis diet are the healthy ones. Avocados, healthy oils and nut butters are just a few great high calorie foods that should be eaten frequently for extra calories and good fats.

Other nutrients children on a cystic fibrosis diet need to concentrate on is protein, iron, salt, zinc and calcium. 15-20% of their calories should come from high quality protein such as eggs, chicken, fish and red meat.

Iron is needed to help fight infection and oxygenate the blood. Red meat, dried fruit, fortified cereals, beans and leafy green vegetables should all be implemented into the diet to provide enough iron to thrive.

Zinc is also important to fight infection, grow properly and heal. Zinc containing foods include organ meats, eggs and seafood.

Extra salt is sometimes needed because the sweat is very salty, so a sports drink is recommended if they play sports or run.

Finally, the cystic fibrosis diet needs to be high in calcium because these children often get osteoporosis later in life. The high calorie supplements are fortified with calcium, but dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese (all full fat, of course!) should be eaten frequently to get enough calcium. If your child cannot get enough calcium in his daily diet, speak to his doctor to see if he needs a calcium supplement.

Many children with cystic fibrosis also need to take enzymes to help digest fat, carbohydrates and protein. Healthy people make and utilize these enzymes naturally, however those with CF cannot utilize them, so they need the enzymes to help them digest food and gain weight.

These children are usually also on a supplement with vitamins A, D, E and K to provide additional amounts of these fat soluble vitamins.

For some kids though, a high calorie diet is not enough. They just can’t seem to eat enough calories and fat to gain enough weight to stay healthy. For these children, a tube feeding is probably your best bet. Your child can be on the tube overnight and be free of the tube during the day, allowing the child to eat and do whatever he wants during the day without being attached to the feeding tube.

The cystic fibrosis diet has challenges, because of course not every child wants to constantly be eating high calorie, high fat foods all the time. Despite this, it is a manageable diet and if it's difficult, a feeding tube should always be an option to take unwarranted stress off the child and parents.