Hepatitis C is the least common type of hepatitis found in children. There is currently no vaccine for hepatitis C.
Pediatric hepatitis C a virus that causes a child’s liver tissue to swell and become inflamed. It is passed by coming into contact with the blood of an infected person.
Children with acute hepatitis C can typically fight off the virus without lasting health problems. If the child doesn’t clear the virus after six months, it becomes chronic.
Children with chronic hepatitis C have an active infection that they have not cleared after six months and often do not show symptoms. Hepatitis C can cause advanced liver damage throughout the child’s life.
Children with hepatitis C can develop symptoms four to 12 weeks after they are infected with the virus. Symptoms can include:
Hepatitis C is caused by coming into contact with the blood of an infected person via:
American Board of Pediatrics(Pediatric Transplant Hepatology),
American Board of Pediatrics,
American Board of Pediatrics/Gastroenterology