It’s a common concern for women diagnosed with hepatitis C:
Will I pass the disease onto my child?
Luckily, only 5 or 6 percent of mothers with hepatitis C
pass the disease along to their babies, said Dr.
Naim Alkhouri, a pediatric gastroenterologist at the Cleveland Clinic.
Still, the American Liver Foundation (ALF) estimates
there are between 23,000 and 46,000 children in the United States living
with hepatitis C. New medications with cure rates close to 100 percent and
relatively few side effects have revolutionized hepatitis C treatment for
adults, but not much has changed for children.