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In this article you will find:

  • Symptoms of Hepatitis A in children
  • Does the hepatitis “A” have a treatment?
  • How do you feed?

Hepatitis A in children is a disease that is characterized by acute inflammation of the liver. This virus is transmitted through ingestion of contaminated food, often raw shellfish or raw vegetables that are irrigated with wastewater.

Unlike hepatitis B and C, hepatitis A is less severe, tends to a complete improvement and does not become chronic. Is incurred only once, because the body generates defenses against this disease, and there are protocols vacunatorios to prevent the spread.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A in children

It is common in children, although most of them do not present symptoms when you contract the virus. Usually the symptoms appear between 2 and 6 weeks after being exposed to the virus of hepatitis a disease.

  • Dark urine
  • Fatigue
  • Itching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low-grade fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Clay-colored stools or pale
  • Yellow skin (jaundice)

Does the hepatitis “A” have a treatment?

  • Hepatitis A has no specific treatment, but rest is recommended during the acute phase. The ideal is to avoid the consumption of alcohol and any substance toxic to the liver, including acetaminophen, in addition to prevent fat.
  • It is common for the doctor to prescribe some medicines to treat the symptoms of fever, pain and discomfort.
  • Although it depends on the state of general health of the patient, most recover between 3 and 6 months without general need of medical intervention.
  • Only 1 of every thousand cases becomes fulminant, with a high risk of death.

How do you feed?

These are some of the foods permitted:

  • Apples, pears, oranges, plums, strawberries, peaches, tangerines, cantaloupe, pineapple, watermelon, among others.
  • Vegetables and legumes like spinach, green beans, artichokes, asparagus, potatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, onions, peppers, escarole, endive, peas and lentils.
  • Milk, cheese, yogurt preferably low fat or semi-skimmed to reduce the fat intake.
  • Nuts.
  • Sugar and sweets (but not in excess).
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