Mom warns parents to look for top hepatitis symptom after daughter rushed to hospital

Chloe Benham wants to raise awareness of what symptoms to look out for after daughter Madison, 4, was hospitalized with hepatitis in a scenario that is becoming increasingly common in young children

Four-year-old Madison was diagnosed with hepatitis after being rushed to the hospital
Four-year-old Madison was diagnosed with hepatitis after being rushed to the hospital

A mother shared how she found out her daughter had hepatitis after she went to the doctor because her urine was brown.

Chloe Benham, from Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, rushed four-year-old Madison to her GP at Clyde View Medical Practice after her father noticed the unusual color of her urine.

After an abnormal urine sample and blood tests to check her liver function, Madison was admitted to Wishaw General Hospital, where doctors confirmed the diagnosis on May 19, the reported daily record.

Chloe, 24, said: “It was a shock. We knew absolutely nothing about hepatitis.

“It was so unexpected that I felt very stressed and confused about how she got infected. We had taken her to the GP because her father noticed her urine was brown and we knew something was wrong.

Madison’s parents realized there was a problem when her urine turned brown

“She’s been ill on and off for the past few weeks, but other than that she’s been her usual happy self.”

Madison’s liver enzyme levels were significantly elevated and doctors are still trying to get them back to normal levels.

The young woman is now suffering from jaundice and has to have daily blood tests to monitor her liver function.

Chloe said she doesn’t know how long Madison will remain in the hospital as medics continue to monitor her condition and any long-term damage.

She added: “Doctors said she’s over the worst but I can’t help but worry. I now know that undetected hepatitis can lead to liver failure, so we were worried that she would need a transplant.

“It’s absolutely terrifying to be in a situation like this, especially without treatment. The doctor still doesn’t know how that happened.

“I’m just so glad we had her blood tested when we did and she’s in the right place now to get the help she needs.”

Last month, the UK Health Safety Authority (UKHSA) announced it was launching an inquiry into an outbreak of hepatitis in children under the age of 10 across the UK.

The majority of cases worldwide have been reported in Britain, and the World Health Organization (WHO) said there are now 348 probable cases worldwide.

Health experts say that the most common hepatitis symptoms in affected children are jaundice and vomiting.

If a child is showing signs of jaundice, which is a yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin, parents should contact their GP or other healthcare professional.

Other symptoms can include dark urine, light gray stools, itchy skin, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, nausea, high temperature, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain.

The most likely cause of the outbreak is an adenovirus called F41, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reports, as the usual viruses that cause infectious hepatitis (hepatitis A to E) have not been detected, the Daily Record reported.

Chloe added, “I want to make parents aware of the symptoms of hepatitis so they can get their kids checked before it progresses.”

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