Hepatitis C: Information for childrenHHepatitis C: Information for childrenHepatitis C: Information for childrenEnglishGastrointestinalChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)LiverImmune systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2015-10-05T04:00:00ZConstance O'Connor, RN(EC), NP;Simon Ling, MBChB, MRCP(UK)6.0000000000000077.0000000000000761.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ConditionsHealth A-Z<p>Hepatitis C is a virus that affects the liver. If you have hepatitis as a child, learn about how you got it and how you can look after yourself.</p><h2>What is hepatitis C?<br></h2><p>Hepatitis C is a virus that may harm your <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=1468&language=English">liver</a>. People get hepatitis C from the blood of a person who already has the virus. Hepatitis C does not usually make children feel sick, but it is important to have regular checkups to make sure your liver stays healthy. This is because sometimes a person’s liver can be sick without making them feel sick.</p> <figure> <span class="asset-image-title">Liver</span> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/IMD_liver_EN.jpg" alt="" /> <figcaption class="asset-image-caption">The liver is an organ that is part of our digestive system. It helps us get rid of toxins, digest food, and store energy from food.</figcaption> </figure> <h2>What is the liver?</h2><p>Your liver is an important organ of your body that does many jobs. Your liver helps to clean your blood, helps you to use the energy in the food you eat and helps you grow.</p><h2>What is a virus?</h2><p>A virus is a type of germ that can cause illness or disease. Some viruses are easy to get and fight off, such as the ones that cause a <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/article?contentid=12&language=English">cold</a>. Other viruses are hard to get and fight off, such as hepatitis C.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Hepatitis C is liver disease caused by a virus.</li> <li>Hepatitis C is a difficult disease to pass on, not like the flu or a cold. You cannot give Hepatitis C to your friends when you do your regular activities such as playing, sitting next to your friends in class or hugging them.</li> <li>Remember: If you are bleeding, do not let anyone touch your blood. Also, do not touch anyone else’s blood.</li> </ul><h2>How did I get hepatitis C?</h2> <p>Hepatitis C is carried in your blood. To get hepatitis C, the blood of someone who has hepatitis C had to get mixed into your blood. Some children get hepatitis C from their mom, but it happens rarely. This can happen if the mom already has hepatitis C and some of her blood gets mixed with baby’s blood around the time the baby is born. There is nothing a mom can do to prevent passing hepatitis C to her baby. Other children may get hepatitis C from coming into contact with needles or other equipment that have the virus on them. This is why it is important not to touch needles or other sharp objects that you may find in a park or elsewhere.</p>
Hépatite C : renseignements pour les enfantsHHépatite C : renseignements pour les enfantsHepatitis C: Information for childrenFrenchGastrointestinalChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)LiverImmune systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2015-10-05T04:00:00ZConstance O'Connor, RN(EC), NP;Simon Ling, MBChB, MRCP(UK)Health (A-Z) - ConditionsHealth A-Z<p>​L’hépatite C est un virus qui affecte le foie. Renseigne-toi pour savoir comment cela s'est produit et comment tu peux prendre soin de toi.<br></p>​​ <h2>Qu’est-ce que l’hépatite C?</h2><p>L’hépatite C est un virus qui peut endommager le <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=1468&language=French">foie</a>. Elle s’attrape par contact avec le sang d’une personne infectée par le virus. En général, les enfants qui ont l’hépatite C ne se sentent pas malades, mais il est important qu’ils soient régulièrement suivis pour contrôler la santé de leur foie. En effet, il arrive que le foie soit touché sans que le patient se sente malade.</p> <figure> <span class="asset-image-title">Le foie</span><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/IMD_liver_fr.jpg" alt="" /><figcaption class="asset-image-caption">Le foie est un organe qui fait partie du système digestif. Il aide à se débarrasser des toxines et des déchets, à digérer les aliments et à stocker l’énergie que nous en tirons.</figcaption> </figure> <h2>Qu’est-ce que le foie?</h2><p>Le foie est un organe important du corps qui remplit de nombreuses fonctions. Il aide à épurer le sang, à utiliser l’énergie qui se trouve dans la nourriture et à grandir.</p><h2>Qu’est-ce qu’un virus?</h2><p>Un virus est un type de germe qui peut rendre malade. Certains virus s’attrapent et se combattent facilement. C’est le cas par exemple des virus du <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/article?contentid=12&language=French">rhume</a>. D’autres s’attrapent et se combattent difficilement. C’est le cas du virus de l’hépatite C.<br></p><ul><li>L’hépatite C est une maladie du foie causée par un virus. </li><li>Contrairement à la grippe ou au rhume, l’hépatite C ne se transmet pas facilement. Tu ne risques pas de transmettre l’hépatite C à tes amis pendant tes activités quotidiennes, quand tu joues, que tu es assis à côté d’eux en classe ou quand tu les serres dans tes bras.</li><li>N’oublie pas : si tu saignes, ne laisse personne toucher ton sang. Ne touche pas non plus le sang de quelqu’un d’autre.<br></li></ul><h2>Comment ai-je attrapé l’hépatite C?</h2><p>Le virus de l’hépatite C est présent dans le sang. Pour que tu attrapes l’hépatite C, il a fallu que le sang d’une personne atteinte de l’hépatite C entre en contact avec le tien. Certains enfants attrapent l’hépatite C de leur maman, même si cela est plus rare. Cela peut arriver si la maman a l’hépatite C et que son sang entre en contact avec le sang du bébé pendant l’accouchement. Il n’y a rien qu’une maman puisse faire pour éviter de transmettre l’hépatite C à son bébé. D’autres enfants peuvent attraper l’hépatite C s’ils entrent en contact avec des aiguilles ou d’autres équipements qui sont porteurs du virus. C’est la raison pour laquelle il est important de ne pas toucher les aiguilles ou autres objets tranchants que tu trouves au parc ou ailleurs.</p>

 

 

Hepatitis C: Information for children2307.00000000000Hepatitis C: Information for childrenHepatitis C: Information for childrenHEnglishGastrointestinalChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)LiverImmune systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2015-10-05T04:00:00ZConstance O'Connor, RN(EC), NP;Simon Ling, MBChB, MRCP(UK)6.0000000000000077.0000000000000761.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ConditionsHealth A-Z<p>Hepatitis C is a virus that affects the liver. If you have hepatitis as a child, learn about how you got it and how you can look after yourself.</p><h2>What is hepatitis C?<br></h2><p>Hepatitis C is a virus that may harm your <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=1468&language=English">liver</a>. People get hepatitis C from the blood of a person who already has the virus. Hepatitis C does not usually make children feel sick, but it is important to have regular checkups to make sure your liver stays healthy. This is because sometimes a person’s liver can be sick without making them feel sick.</p> <figure> <span class="asset-image-title">Liver</span> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/IMD_liver_EN.jpg" alt="" /> <figcaption class="asset-image-caption">The liver is an organ that is part of our digestive system. It helps us get rid of toxins, digest food, and store energy from food.</figcaption> </figure> <h2>What is the liver?</h2><p>Your liver is an important organ of your body that does many jobs. Your liver helps to clean your blood, helps you to use the energy in the food you eat and helps you grow.</p><h2>What is a virus?</h2><p>A virus is a type of germ that can cause illness or disease. Some viruses are easy to get and fight off, such as the ones that cause a <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/article?contentid=12&language=English">cold</a>. Other viruses are hard to get and fight off, such as hepatitis C.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Hepatitis C is liver disease caused by a virus.</li> <li>Hepatitis C is a difficult disease to pass on, not like the flu or a cold. You cannot give Hepatitis C to your friends when you do your regular activities such as playing, sitting next to your friends in class or hugging them.</li> <li>Remember: If you are bleeding, do not let anyone touch your blood. Also, do not touch anyone else’s blood.</li> </ul><h2>How did I get hepatitis C?</h2> <p>Hepatitis C is carried in your blood. To get hepatitis C, the blood of someone who has hepatitis C had to get mixed into your blood. Some children get hepatitis C from their mom, but it happens rarely. This can happen if the mom already has hepatitis C and some of her blood gets mixed with baby’s blood around the time the baby is born. There is nothing a mom can do to prevent passing hepatitis C to her baby. Other children may get hepatitis C from coming into contact with needles or other equipment that have the virus on them. This is why it is important not to touch needles or other sharp objects that you may find in a park or elsewhere.</p><h2>Do I risk giving hepatitis C to someone else?</h2> <p>This is not likely to happen, but it is still important that you do not let anyone else touch your blood or that you do not touch anyone else’s blood either. You should not share your toothbrush with anyone. Sometimes there might be tiny amounts of blood on it that you cannot see. When you are older, if you use a razor for shaving, you should not share it with anyone either. You cannot give someone else hepatitis C by playing with them, sitting next to them at school, hugging them or kissing them.<br></p><h2>Will my hepatitis C ever go away?</h2> <p>For most people, hepatitis C does not go away on its own. It might stay with you for your whole life. There are medicines that can cure hepatitis C; they will be available to you once you become an adult. Most people will receive medicine to cure their hepatitis C at some point in their lifetime. To stay healthy when you have hepatitis C, it is important to take care of yourself and your liver.</p> <h2>How do I take care of my liver?<br></h2> <p>The best way to take care of your liver is to eat healthy foods and to be <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/article?contentid=642&language=English">active</a>. It is also important to see your doctor or nurse at least once a year for a check-up. You may need to have <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/article?contentid=36&language=English">blood work</a> done or a picture of your liver (called an <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/article?contentid=1290&language=English">ultrasound</a>) so that you know your liver is healthy. When you are older, you need to be careful to avoid things that might harm your liver, like too much alcohol or certain medications.</p> <h2>Is there anything I should not do because of hepatitis C?<br></h2> <p>No. You can still go to school and take part in activities, just like your friends do.<br></p> <h2>Who do I have to tell about my hepatitis C?</h2> <p>People who should know about your hepatitis C are your doctors, nurses and dentist. Other people do not have to know about your hepatitis C unless you want them to. You decide who you tell about hepatitis C. If you tell someone about hepatitis C, you have to teach them about it. It is a good idea if you talk to your mom, dad or the person that takes care of you before you tell anyone about your hepatitis C so they can help you explain it properly.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/IMD_liver_EN.jpgHepatitis C: Information for children

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