What is it?
Hepatitis in a child is most commonly caused by a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver. Symptoms include a pain in the right upper abdomen, fever, nausea and vomiting and often a yellow tinge to the eyes and skin (jaundice). In severe case it can cause damage to the liver.

What to do

Hepatitis is a potentially serious disease and must be confirmed by a doctor. Your child should be treated symptomatically. Let him rest, give liquids and plain, non-fatty foods, and check with the doctor if it is okay to give paracetamol if fever is a problem. Don’t send them to school until the doctor agrees they are well enough to go. Although viral hepatitis is difficult to treat, there are a few medical options available to help eradicate the virus if it recurs.

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