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Do treatments for pediatric fatty liver disease cause side effects?

Joel Lavine, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterology
The only "side effects" caused by treatments for pediatric nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are healthy ones. That's because the treatment for fatty liver disease is to encourage children to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle habits. There are no medicines that have been approved to treat NAFLD in children. Doctors recommend that children with pediatric fatty liver disease try to achieve and maintain a normal body weight if possible through consuming a healthy diet and exercising daily. Establishing good health habits in childhood may improve not only your child's liver condition but his health overall. 

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