Dealing with Hepatitis virus on baby


causes of hepatitis

It is an inflammation of the liver that can strike human at every age. There five kinds of hepatitis viruses. They are hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. The most common hepatitis viruses are A,B, and C. Hepatitis can rarely cause by bacteria, parasites, or certain medications. There are some symptoms of hepatitis you might have. However, without any symptoms, Hepatitis could be developed too. You are more likely to have symptoms when you are older. So, babies and children are less likely to get symptoms of hepatitis.

An acute hepatitis is not contagious, so if you have symptoms and recover fully, it means you had acute hepatitis. On the other hand, chronic hepatitis has different level. The chronic one is contagious, it continues to be infectious. The people with chronic hepatitis might have a variety of complications. They are liver damage, failure, and cancer. Those depend on the hepatitis types and the infected person health. If you have an acute hepatitis, there is no medication for it but for chronic hepatitis in children the doctor may give some medication for them. The medications depend on the age of the children and the type of chronic hepatitis that they have.

Here is some type of Hepatitis viruses:

Hepatitis A

This is the type of hepatitis that is carried in stool and easily spread from person to person. It would easily infect your baby. Baby tends to put his hand in his mouth. So, touching something contaminated with the stool of someone who is infected by the virus, are gonna be the reason why.

Under unsanitary conditions, Hepatitis A viruses can be easily spread. When the food you eat or water you drink is unsanitary, you can be infected. It is because the food and water could also carry the virus. If you have your kids in a daycare centers, it could also be the reason of contamination. They play together in the daycare, touching other children who probably have the viruses without showing the signs of illness. That could cause the viruses spread without you even realize.

You need to know if your baby had hepatitis A. If your baby has a serious case, he will have symptoms like fever, loss of appetite, fatigues, vomiting, jaundice, abdominal discomfort, and dark-colored urine.  These usually last from 2 weeks to 2 months, it could be longer too. However, most babies that are infected with the viruses do not show a sign of illness, though. If you believe the chance of your baby infected by the virus, speak to the doctor.

 

Well, you can do some things to prevent hepatitis A infection on your baby. There is a vaccine that could help protecting your baby for approximately 20 years. An authentic expert recommends that all children get hepatitis A vaccine shot in 2 doses at least between the ages 12 to 23 months. Another prevention method is to get clean. Wash your hands diligently with soap and warm water before preparing food for your baby. Especially, after using toilet and changing diapers, washing hands is a must. It helps prevent the virus to be spread. Do the same thing with your baby’s hand too.

Hepatitis B

It has a kind of virus that spread through contact with blood or other body fluids. Adults usually get this disease from unprotected sex and intravenous drug use. For babies, it could be contacted through the mother’s blood and vaginal fluid during childbirth. 90% of the babies that age below 1, and 30% of children between 1 and 5 years old who infected with the hepatitis B virus develop chronic infections. There is only 6% of infected adults develop this chronic infections.

You need to recognize the symptoms of hepatitis B. The hepatitis B symptoms on babies are fever, fatigues, loss of appetite, vomiting, and jaundice. But most infected babies show no illness signs. Baby should received hepatitis vaccine and an immune globulin injection, if the mother had hepatitis B when giving birth. The injection and vaccine contains antibodies against the virus. After that, you need to test your baby when he’s about nine to fifteen months old. It is to make sure he got the effective vaccination.

Actually, you can do things to prevent this kind of virus. Some experts recommend that all baby be immunized against hepatitis B routinely. A show of hepatitis B vaccine will give 15 years of protection to your baby. During pregnancy, a mother usually tested for hepatitis B. Well, there is a different time of taking the hepatitis B shot according to the mother infection of hepatitis B. If mother does not have hepatitis B virus, baby is given the first shot between birth and 2 months, and the second shot between 1 and 4 months, and the third one is given between 6 and 18 months. But for an infected mother, the baby will get first show within 12 hours of birth, plus an immune globulin injection. Then, the second shot are done at 1 to 2 months, and the third one at month of sixth.

Hepatitis C

It is a kind of hepatitis caused by virus that infects the liver. Hepatitis C usually has no symptoms, so it is so hard to know whether you are having hepatitis C or not until many years and you face liver damage in you. There is a type of hepatitis C called acute hepatitis C. People who get this have the virus for a short time for about six months and then get better by themselves. Most people have chronic or a long-term hepatitis C, meaning it does not go away like the acute one.

The hepatitis C virus is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or other body fluid of human. Adults can also get it from intravenous drug use and unprotected sexual contact. A baby can also get hepatitis C from the infected mother just like hepatitis B. This kind of case on the baby is not common. It is hard to diagnose hepatitis C in baby, yet still no vaccine for it.