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Children and HBV

Hepatitis B does not usually affect a child’s normal growth and development. Most children with chronic hepatitis B infections will enjoy long and healthy lives. Unlike other chronic medical conditions, there are generally no physical disabilities associated with hepatitis B, nor are there usually any physical restrictions for these children.

As a parent, you can take comfort from the fact that every child presents unique challenges.Therefore, your child with hepatitis B is just like any other child. The challenges of raising a child with hepatitis B are manageable if you are well informed and use common sense.

The Hepatitis B Foundation convened an Expert Pediatric Panel of nationally recognized pediatric liver specialists to create the first national recommendations for the screening, monitoring and treatment of children living with hepatitis B to ensure that they receive the best care possible.

HBF's Pediatric HBV Screening and Monitoring Recommendations
(Published in Pediatrics Nov. 2009I)

HBF's Pediatric HBV Management and Treatment Recommendations
(Published in Hepatology Oct. 2010)


NIH Hepatitis B Research Network

If you have a child with chronic hepatitis B, please consider participating in the Hepatitis Research Network (HBRN), an NIDDK of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded network, with the goals of defining the natural history of HBV in North America and performing clinical trials.

This is a great opportunity  to have your child evaluated and monitored by a leading pediatric liver specialist, and provides opportunities to participate in pediatric HBV related clinical trials. Read details on participation and refer to clinical trials available for children.


Pediatric HBV Workshop


Standing L to R: J. Block (HBF); Dr. W. Thomas London (HBF medical advisor and Fox Chase); Dr. Barbara Haber (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia); Dr. Mike Narkewicz (Children's Hospital Denver); Dr. Brian McMahon (HBF medical advisor and Alaska Native Medical Center); Dr. Phil Rosenthal (U. of California San Francisco, Pediatrics); Dr.Karen Murray (Seattle Children's Hospital); Dr. Kathy Schwarz (Johns Hopkins, Pediatrics); Dr. Saul Karpen (Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatrics); Chari Cohen (HBF); and Dr. Maureen Jonas (Children's Hospital Boston).


Page last reviewed March 2014

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