Cystic Fibrosis: Helping Your Child Cough Up Mucus
Reference Cystic fibrosis Opens New Window causes Reference mucus Opens New Window to become thick and sticky, which can clog the lungs and cause serious problems. You can help your child maintain lung function and avoid complications from mucus buildup and blockage by performing an airway clearance technique (ACT). Postural drainage and chest percussion (PD & P) is one of several airway clearance techniques that help clear mucus from your child's lungs.
- To help keep the lungs clear, it is important to do an airway clearance technique (such as postural drainage and chest percussion) every day. PD & P works well when used regularly.
- These techniques are one part of a larger treatment plan for cystic fibrosis.
- You may not notice an improvement in your child's lung function right away. But studies show that stopping these treatments will cause decreased lung function after 3 weeks in older children who have mild to moderate lung problems.Reference 1
It is important for your child to visit his or her doctor regularly and make any needed changes in treatment.
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|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: June 9, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Catherine O'Malley, RRT - Respiratory Therapy