Many people who contract hepatitis B have no obvious symptoms at all. However, others will have joint pain, jaundice, abdominal pain, nausea and loss of appetite, vomiting and fever. It’s usually transmitted sexually, or through bodily fluids, although it can be transmitted from mother to child at birth.
Immunisation against Hepatitis B is the best way to prevent your child from contracting the disease. You should also be tested for the disease during your pregnancy, and if you are infected, your child should be given a vaccination, and another injection known as an H-BIG shortly after birth, to help prevent him or her from contracting the disease.
There are ways to prevent contracting hepatitis B as an adult, that include taking precautions when having sex, avoiding sharing needles if you take drugs, and not sharing personal items with infected people, however, for your child, vaccination is the best prevention.