Mode Of Transmission Of Hepatitis C To Children?
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. Hepatitis C is a form of inflammation in the liver that is caused by the hepatitis C. virus. The disease is divided into 2 phases, acute and chronic. Acute when it occurs in the first 6 months, and chronic if it's been more than 6 months. Not everyone will experience the chronic phase, many of whose illnesses recover in the acute phase without special treatment. During the acute phase, symptoms that can arise are fever, loss of appetite, weakness, abdominal pain, vomiting and jaundice.
Regarding the transmission of this virus itself, transmission is carried out through the media of blood and certain body fluids. So this virus can be transmitted if someone:
Using unsterile syringes Having free sex Getting blood transfusions from hepatitis C sufferers Sharing equipment such as toothbrushes, razors and nail clippers with sufferers
As for transmission to children, if your child uses a toothbrush or nail clipper, or receives a blood transfusion from the patient, and if still a baby, consume breast milk from the nipple that has a tear, transmission can occur. But if you just touch your hands, sneeze, cough, hug, share food and drink, and sleep in the same room with the patient, it will not cause transmission of the hepatitis C.
Then, you mention hepatitis c cirrhosis. Hepatitis C and cirrhosis are two different things. Hepatitis C which becomes chronic and not handled properly can become cirrhosis, so cirrhosis is a complication, and is a different disease. Cirrhosis cannot be contagious, and apart from hepatitis, it can occur due to alcohol consumption, hereditary disease, fatty liver, and immune disease.
Then for cirrhosis, unfortunately cirrhosis cannot be cured again as before because cirrhosis is a condition when the liver reaches a level of damage that cannot be repaired anymore. If it is still being repaired, then the name is not cirrhosis. So in patients with cirrhosis, which is handled is the cause of the emergence, or in your case, hepatitis C. Treatment that can be given is liver transplantation, antiviral drugs and vaccination.
We suggest that you consult the problem with an internist or a hepatologist, because a thorough examination is needed to determine the advanced treatment of the condition. So, hopefully answering your question.