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Message from Mrs McKeown

27 April 2022 (by Martin Coyne (m.coyne))

Unfortunately the number of cases of hepatitis in children has increased recently. Public health doctors and scientists are looking into what could be causing this. Recent media coverage has indicated this has become a growing problem  for children .

Here is some  information from the NHS website

See a GP if your child has symptoms of hepatitis, including yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice).

Short-term (acute) hepatitis often has no noticeable symptoms, so you may not realise you have it.

If symptoms do develop, they can include:

  • muscle and joint pain
  • a high temperature
  • feeling and being sick
  • feeling unusually tired all the time
  • a general sense of feeling unwell
  • loss of appetite
  • tummy pain
  • dark urine
  • pale, grey-coloured poo
  • itchy skin
  • yellowing of the eyes and skin[jaundice]

Good hygiene, including supervising hand washing in young children, can help to prevent infections that can cause hepatitis.

Please continue  to monitor your child’s health and contact your GP or 111 if you are concerned .