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    Does cystic fibrosis occur from the time of birth?

    I had a baby 4 weeks ago and she is constantly full of mucous. Could she have cystic fibrosis? Does cystic fibrosis usually occur at birth or later into childhood?
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    Cystic Fibrosis Australia assists member organisations to achieve common objectives by developing national education programs and collecting and distributing information about Cystic Fibrosis (CF) at … View Profile

    Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder that babies are born with. The Guthrie or heel prick test is part of the normal care for newborn babies in Australia. The blood from the heel is analysed for conditions like cystic fibrosis.
    The blood test will find about 96% of children who have Cystic Fibrosis or are carriers of Cystic Fibrosis. An extra sweat test is needed to find out which children have the disease.

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