Today, all newborn babies in the US undergo testing for a fetal condition known as cystic fibrosis. This means that most babies begin treatment before they develop any cystic fibrosis symptoms.
At Dignity Health Central Coast, our trusted doctors watch carefully for this inherited disease that affects the digestive system and lungs of newborn babies. For care, dignity, and respect throughout you and your child’s care for cystic fibrosis on the Central Coast of California, Find a Doctor today.
Monitoring & Treating Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms at Dignity Health Central Coast
With cystic fibrosis, a baby’s lungs fill with thick mucus, making it hard to breath and more prone to infection. If your baby has this condition, treatment typically begins before any signs of the disease. These symptoms typically include:
- Frequent lung infections
- Sweat that is saltier than normal
- Hard time breathing
- Frequent cough
- Poor growth
- Spitting up or coughing with mucus
- Constipation, and a newborn with cystic fibrosis may not have a bowel movement after birth
Your doctor will work closely with you and share the latest medical therapies now available if your baby has specific traits. Targeted therapy, medication, nutritional substances, and chest physical therapy all can help your baby live a longer, happier life.
Special Care for Babies with Cystic Fibrosis at our Birthing Centers & NICUs
At Dignity Health, we believe in creating a welcoming environment for the birth of your new baby. Accommodations and amenities are made for your loved ones. Our caring birthing centers are located at:
Our neonatal intensive care units (NICU) at Marian and St. John’s Regional Medical Centers provide additional medical attention for newborn babies. Board-certified neonatologists and our highly skilled nursing staff provide compassionate care. Dignity Health doctors use the latest treatments to care for babies with cystic fibrosis on the Central Coast of California.