i was told i was a carrier when i was pregnant but never thought more of it. now my son is 10 weeks old and has had a cough for three weeks. a nasty rattling noise in his chest(phlem) and the dr keeps swearing its just part of virus but hasnt done any tests. Its not going away. His nose runs and u can hear the phlem rattle when he breathes sometimes. I hear this could be a sign of cf??? should i be forceful in making them test him?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 1:13 PM on Sep. 25, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)
Answer by Anonymous at 1:39 PM on Sep. 25, 2009
Cystic fibrosis is a recessive gene. Both parents must carry the recessive gene for the baby to have CF. Have the baby's father tested to see if he also is a carrier. If not, there is no chance your baby could have CF. If he is a carrier, there is a 1 in 4 chance that the baby could have CF, and therefore testing could be in order.
There is one very easy way to test at home. Run the tip of your tongue on your baby's skin. That's right: taste him and see if he tastes salty. If he does, it's a very good chance that CF is positive.
I cared for a young lady with CF for several years and learned quite a bit about it. If your son does have CF the earlier you know and can get treatment started, the better. Good luck!
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