Does hepatitis affect children differently than adults?

Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B can affect children differently than adults. Symptoms of Hepatitis B occur less in adults than more often in children age 5 and younger. Although most children and adults with acute hepatitis recover with no damage to their livers, infants are more likely to develop chronic hepatitis B. Children are also more likely to develop jaundice. Medications to treat hepatitis B in children and adults may differ. Some medications may also not be approved for infants and young children.

Hepatitis C
Most children and adults infected with hepatitis C will develop chronic hepatitis. Some medications used to treat chronic hepatitis C may not be approved for use with children. Talk to your doctor about treatment options for you or your child if you have been infected with hepatitis.

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