What is Viral Hepatitis in children?
Viral Hepatitis refers to the infection of the liver in which liver cells are inflamed/damaged.
What causes Hepatitis?
Viral Hepatitis is usually caused by 3 viruses, namely
Other causes of Viral Hepatitis are Epstein Barr virus, Hepatitis D, Hepatitis E, Chickenpox and Cytomegalovirus.
What are the symptoms of Viral Hepatitis?
In initial stages of Viral Hepatitis, children may experience flu-like symptoms that include:
Pain in abdomen
Loss of appetite
Nausea and vomiting
As the disease progresses, it starts affecting liver and produces symptoms, such as:
Bitter taste in mouth
Dark coloured urine
White, light or clay coloured stool
How can Viral Hepatitis be treated?
The treatment for Viral Hepatitis depends on your child’s age, health and severity of the symptoms. The doctor may recommend medications to treat Viral Hepatitis. If your kid has lack of appetite, then he should be given small, frequent meals with high calorie fluids. Healthy foods rich in proteins and carbohydrates will also help.
In case of persistent vomiting or oral acceptance is poor then the child has to be admitted in hospital.