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Hepatitis B is a virus that can infect the liver. It can be passed from mother to baby during childbirth. If you have the virus, your baby can be given shots to help prevent getting it.
After your child is infected, it may be months before you see symptoms. Or symptoms may be so mild that you don't notice them. But your child can infect other people both before and after symptoms start.
The virus can cause fatigue, a fever, and nausea. Your child may vomit and have light-coloured stools and dark urine. Your child's skin and eyes may look yellow. This is called jaundice.
Most people get better in several weeks, but it can take several months. Children are more likely than adults to have the virus stay in their bodies. If the virus stays in your child's body for a long time, it can cause serious liver disease. After your child has had the virus, they will not get it again.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: February 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine
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