Acute viral hepatitis in children is often asymptomatic or presents with loose stools and a general feeling of being unwell. Clinical hepatitis may develop with loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting and pain over the liver. The liver is enlarged and tender. Some children have jaundice with dark urine and pale stools. Acute hepatitis is the most common cause of jaundice in children. The clinical symptoms and signs usually resolve over 2–4 weeks.
Acute viral hepatitis is the most common cause of jaundice in children.
Hepatitis A virus only causes acute hepatitis but hepatitis B virus may also cause chronic hepatitis.