The school nurse is monitoring the diet of a child with cystic fibrosis. Which type of diet would the family be advised to follow?

  1. low calorie, high fiber
  2. low fiber, low fat
  3. low sodium, gluten free
  4. high fat, high calorie
Number 4 is correct.
Rationale: Because of malabsorption, clients with cystic fibrosis (CF) need one and a half to two times as many calories as people without CF. Following a high-fat, high-calorie diet will help meet these clients’ nutritional needs. Other options are not appropriate for clients with CF.