Monday, May 19, 2008

Restrictions on Activities for Kids with CF?

Children with CF can and should do as much physical activity as their peers do. Regular exercise, especially anything that gets the heart rate elevated and forces a child to breathe more forcefully is a good way to improve lung health. Regular vigorous exercise is beneficial for the patient with CF, and should be encouraged. There are few, if any,activities that the individual with CF cannot participate in, however on occasion contact sports are discouraged due to the positioning of implantable venous access devices.

Another benefit of any organized group activity or sport is that it teaches your child discipline and the importance of being part of a team. As your child gets older, discipline will be key in keeping them compliant with their medications for CF. Also, by learning to be a team player, they will gain an appreciation for how important it is to be an active participant in their health care at the CF Team Clinic.

For a sample list of activities for people with CF and the pros and cons of them, please read the following article:

No Limits on Activities for Children With Cystic Fibrosis

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