HEPATITIS C AND PREGNANCY
Hepatitis C (Hep. C) is a virus transmitted by infected blood or bodily fluids. Hepatitis C virus can cause serious liver damage.
Transmission of infection from the mother to baby is the most common way for childhood infection to be acquired. Hepatitis C is rare in children, however, and only 1 in 20 of infected mothers will pass on the virus on to their unborn baby. This occurs during pregnancy in one – third of cases and during the process of delivery in the rest.
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes).
At present there are no vaccine or treatment available during pregnancy. Certain precautions will be undertaken during labour and delivery to minimize the risk of infection to the baby. Delivery by a planned caesarean section does not make a difference to the chances of the baby becoming infected. There is no contraindication for breast feeding.
You will need to have long – term follow – up with liver specialist because of the risk of developing liver damage. Many people who become infected with hepatitis C required no treatment and are able to clear the infection naturally.
You baby will need long – term follow – up with children’s liver specialist till at least 2 year of age, because it is often difficult to detect whether an infant has been infected with hepatitis C till the child is a couple of year old when a firm diagnosis can be made.
In some babies (10 – 25%) the virus is cleared naturally within the first 3 year of life. Hepatitis C is usually a very mild disease in children. The few symptoms, but they may be at significant risk of developing liver disease later in life
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