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Family member diagnosed with jaundice. Is it contagious and precautions should I take for my kids?

Hi, one of my family members (age 27) has been diagnosed to have jaundice during the laproscopy procedure that she underwent for pregnancy tests . My kids (5 years and 1 year )are also in the same house. Will it spread to them as well. Should I be caucious of it and not allow my kids to be handled by them. Please advice.
Asked On : Thu, 23 Aug 2012
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Hi Dinesh

You have to tell you what is the cause of the jaundice. If it is viral hepatitis like A and E it is spread by food and water, if someone in your family is affected make sure you take boiled water and properly cooked food. If it is something like hepatitis B- it is spread by bodily fluids. So your kids are not going to get that so dont worry. If something else is the cause of the jaundice other than hepatitis it is non contagious. So dont worry , your kids are not going to get the jaundice from your family member.

Dr. Om Lakhani
Answered: Fri, 24 Aug 2012
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