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Caring for Young Lives Division of Pediatric Hepatology

Dr. Vivek Vij

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Symptoms of Liver Diseases in Children

The symptoms of liver disease vary greatly between individuals. Although adults can watch out for themselves, it is important to keep a close watch on children for any signs of liver problems. The symptoms may include:strong>Itching of skin: Children might itch their skin very often due to excessive build-up of bile in the body.

Loss of appetite: This is another symptom of liver disease, which leads to inadequate supply of nutrients to the body, causing malnutrition.

Pale stool: If you notice pale stool, this can be an indication that the liver is not making adequate bilirubin (a pigment responsible for the color of stool).

Easy bleeding/bruising: Easy bruising is a symptom of deficiency of vitamin K. You might notice this symptom if the liver is not able to utilize vitamin K.

Bone fractures: Bone fractures can occur if a child is suffering from any liver disease. Although there can be other reasons, but liver ailment also leads to decreased thickness of bones (bone density).

When to consult a doctor?

If you notice any of the below symptoms, consult a Liver specialist immediately:
  • Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (Jaundice)
  • Dark urine or light-colored stool (Indication of excessive buildup of bilirubin)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Swelling in the abdomen (An indication of enlarged liver or spleen or ascites

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