Hi I am Dr Naresh Shanmugam. I look after children with liver disease. Children do get liver disease. Even little babies can get liver disease. The symptoms of liver disease in children is mainly the jaundice, which is the yellow discoloration of the eyes.
Sometimes their tummy can be swollen, they can vomit blood and in slightly bigger children they might have symptoms of tiredness and lethargy but overall jaundice is the main symptom in children. and most of the jaundice can be medically managed but the patient has to meet a doctor and find what the underline problem is.
Rarely these children might require liver transplantation when the liver is damaged extensively and these children are quite special as liver transplantation in children requires special expertise from the surgery and handling them post-operatively.
because these little babies are quite small. The skill of the surgeon has to be extremely good to handle the small babies liver and post surgery, the intensive care team has to be extremely dedicated and should have that expertise in handling small babies, because most of the babies can be even like 4 kilos and 4 kilos and still transplantation can be done successfully in them.