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Learn the signs and symptoms of hepatitis A and how a doctor will help your child if they have hepatitis A and how it can be prevented.

Key points

  • Hepatitis prevents the liver from functioning well.
  • The hepatitis A virus is the most common type of viral hepatitis in children.
  • Symptoms include flu-like symptoms and pain in the area of the liver on the child's right side beneath the lower ribs.
  • Children can get hepatitis A by eating or drinking contaminated foods.
  • Under a doctor's care, your child's liver will heal in one or two months with no long-term damage.
  • You can protect your family from hepatitis A and B by getting the proper vaccinations.
Last updated: May 27th 2022