Family Mealtimes and Children with Cystic Fibrosis

Amber J. Hammons, Robin S. Everhart, Barbara H. Fiese

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Family mealtimes with a child with cystic fibrosis (CF) can be challenging because of disease-related dietary needs. Parental concerns about the nutritional health of a child with CF may contribute to parental stress and exacerbate these challenges. This chapter reviews studies that examine the challenges faced by families as well as interventions targeted at alleviating some of these challenges. We briefly review family functioning in families with a child with CF, and common mealtime challenges faced by families with a child with CF are highlighted. In addition, research on mealtime observations is presented. We end with a discussion of behavioral and nutritional interventions designed to increase weight gain and caloric intake and decrease feeding difficulties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDiet and Exercise in Cystic Fibrosis
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780128005880
ISBN (Print)9780128000519
StatePublished - 2015


  • Behavioral interventions
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Family mealtimes
  • Mealtime challenges
  • Nutrition interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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