Special Needs – Hepatitis A

Special Needs Guide

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by a virus. It can affect your liver’s ability to function properly.  Most children under age six will not have any outward symptoms. Symptoms usually appear two to four weeks after infection and often mimic the flu, such as extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea aches and pains, low-grade fever. Several days after these symptoms appear, symptoms of liver problems will occur such as dark urine, jaundice and itchy skin. Hepatitis A is transmitted through stools of people with Hepatitis A.

Treatment:  An IV for fluid may be needed to replace fluids lost by vomiting, fever and diarrhea. A child might need medications for fever and for itching

PrognosisHepatitis A is not a long-term infection. Once you have Hepatitis A you cannot get it again.

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