Child Risk Of Contracting Hepatitis B From Caregivers?
. My child is 1 year old 1 month. for 4 months cared for by caregivers. and most of my caregivers have hepatitis. Can it be transmitted to my child?
Hello Ms. Fitri
Hepatitis is a liver disease / liver caused by many things such as hepatitis A / B / C / D / E virus infection, besides hepatitis can also occur due to the influence of consuming drugs (both medical purposes or the use of illegal drugs).
Hepatitis that can be transmitted is caused by a viral infection, however the way of transmission of each virus is different. Specifically for hepatitis A and E viruses can be transmitted through swallowing food and drinks that have been contaminated with the virus (which comes from feces), so this condition generally occurs in those who like to eat food and drinks carelessly, lack of personal hygiene (not washing their hands when they want to touch and process food), work in parts related to dirty water (sewers) and waste or be in an area that is experiencing flooding.
Whereas for hepatitis B, C and D, it will only be transmitted through contact with bodily fluids such as blood transfusion, intimate contact, from the mother to the fetus, the use of unsterile syringes. But specifically for hepatitis D can only occur if the patient has been exposed to hepatitis B first, or what is known as superinfection.
And hepatitis that is not caused by a viral infection in general can not be contagious, because you do not know what type of hepatitis is experienced by your caregiver so it is expected not to immediately get prejudiced. Hepatitis will not be transmitted through physical contact such as hugging, shaking hands. And only hepatitis A and E have the potential to spread through food and drinks consumed, while hepatitis B, C, D will not be transmitted through food.
Then, not all people affected by hepatitis virus infection will infect others, if the person is already treated or included in the category of "controlled" in general will not transmit to others. Consult this doctor directly if you are still unsure, to ensure that your child is not really affected by hepatitis and so that your caregiver gets treatment for his condition
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