Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Treatments

Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Treatment in Burlington, VT

Cystic fibrosis treatment options at Fletcher Allen include:

  • Medications, including:
    • Antibiotics - treat and prevent lung infections
    • Mucus-thinning drugs - help your child cough up the mucus, which improves lung function
    • Bronchodilators - help keep your child’s airways open
    • Oral pancreatic enzymes - help your child’s digestive tract absorb nutrients
  • Chest physical therapy, including:
    • Chest clapper - a hand-held machine that helps loosen mucus
    • Inflatable vest - a device worn around the chest that vibrates at high frequency
    • Breathing tools - typically a tube or mask that your child exhales through while doing breathing exercises
    • Oxygen therapy - breathing pure oxygen can help prevent high blood pressure in the lungs (also called pulmonary hypertension)
  • Lung rehabilitation, including:
    • Exercise training
    • Nutritional counseling
    • Techniques to save energy
    • Breathing exercises
    • Counseling or group support or both
  • Surgical procedures, including:
    • Nasal polyp removal: if your child’s breathing is obstructed
    • Endoscopy and lavage: mucus is suctioned from obstructed airways through an endoscope
    • Feeding tube - a feeding tube can deliver extra nutrition while your child sleeps by threading the tube through his or her nose to the stomach or surgically implanted into the abdomen
    • Bowel surgery - to remove a bowel blockage or if a section of bowel has folded in on itself

Patient/Family Advisory

Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen has a Patient and Family Advisory, allowing us to hear ideas for improvement directly from those we serve. If you are interested in participating, or learning more about the advisory, please call 802-847-8600. 

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