Can you treat children?
Yes children can be treated for Hepatitis B. Just like adults, children will need to be assessed for treatment. Unfortunately, if infected as a child there is a greater likelihood of developing chronic Hepatitis B. 90% of children infected under the age of 12 months go on to develop a chronic infection. The assessment would take into account the effect the virus was having on the child’s liver just the same as for an adult – and a child would only be prescribed treatment for Hepatitis B if there was evidence of liver damage.
Children born to mothers who have Hepatitis B will usually be given the first dose of the HBV vaccine in the first 24 hours after birth. Depending on the Hepatitis B status of the mother, children may also be given an injection of Hepatitis B Immunoglobulin. If they receive both injections immediately after birth there is a 90% chance they will be protected from infection.