Questions When Your Son or Daughter Has Hep C
Last updated: July 2021
When your son or daughter has hep C, you have so many questions. You may not know where to start. Here are some tips that can help you understand your child’s diagnosis and help them take steps to get the treatment that they need.
What is hepatitis C?
Hep C is a virus that is in your child’s blood stream. As it circulates through the body, the liver stays constantly inflamed. It places a burden on the liver and can cause damage. It can lead to cirrhosis of the liver.
How can I tell if my son or daughter has hep C?
There may be no signs of Hepatitis C. A blood test is the only way to know for sure.
Has hep C made it more challenging to be a parent?
What about the test?
Find out if and when your loved one has received a positive test. If they have, there may be other tests that can tell them what genotype they have. Sometimes a viral load is taken. If they have had hepatitis C for a long time, there may be other tests to check for signs of liver disease.
Where can we get medical care?
If you have a family health provider, you can discuss your loved one’s care with them. If you do not have a doctor, call the local health department. They can offer guidance about nearby clinics where your child can find medical care.
What if people judge us with stigma?
Many parents are concerned at what others will think about a hep C diagnosis. Hopefully, you can confide in friends and family members that care about you and will not judge you or your child. If you feel like the medical community is being judgmental, you have options. You can let roll off of your back, or you can find a new provider. When your son or daughter has hep C, you deserve to be able to talk about it.
How does hep C spread?
Hepatitis C is spread through blood transmission. It can be passed with tattoos, needles, or anywhere blood can be transmitted. Very rarely is it spread through sex or through sharing personal items. It is still best to keep a razor and toothbrush separate for your child that has hepatitis C.
Will hep C go away on its own?
Hep C is a viral infection and needs medical treatment to cure. In very few cases, hep C does go away on its own.
How long is the treatment?
Treatment for your son or daughter with hep C will last for several weeks. One they are finished with the pills, hopefully, they will be cured. The doctor can run a new test, and be sure that the blood is now free from hep C.
What is the treatment like?
It is taken in daily doses for several weeks. Your child may lead a normal life while on treatment. They need to rest, drink plenty of water, and eat good food.
How can I help my child with hepatitis C?
You can help them find a medical provider and encourage them to get treatment. If your son or daughter has liver disease, you can read more about it here. You can also join a forum where other parents find support for their families.
When your son or daughter has hep C, don't be afraid. Get them medical treatment, stay connected, and soon your child can have a fresh start with a life that is hep C free.
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