The parents of a 15-year-old with cystic fibrosis want to take their daughter with them on an extended vacation in the Caribbean. What anticipatory guidance should the nurse give the adolescent and her parents?

Caution parents to keep their children from over-exertion or heat exposure

Explanation

•If children with cystic fibrosis become overheated, especially in places with humid temperature like the Caribbean, they begin to lose excessive sodium and chloride through perspiration and become dehydrated. Encourage parents to offer water frequently and to prevent overexertion.

•Cystic fibrosis is a chronic disorder of the exocrine glands characterized by abnormally thick secretions. Cystic fibrosis affects the pancreas, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, salivary glands, and reproductive tract.

Incorrect options:

•Parents of any child with cystic fibrosis, regardless of vacations, already assume a great deal of responsibility for the care of their child and should be familiar with the child's care.

•Teaching parents how to balance work is incorrect because the parents are spending time with their child by going on vacation.

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