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  • Writer's pictureMiranda Welton

Hepatitis and our Children

The relevant information published by the UK Health Security Agency states as follows

Since January 2022, we have detected an increase in the number of acute (sudden onset) hepatitis cases in the UK in children aged 10 and under.

Hepatitis is a condition that affects the liver and can be caused by infection with a virus. The viruses that normally cause hepatitis (hepatitis viruses A to E) have not been found in the children affected recently. Other possible causes of acute hepatitis, including some medications and toxins are also being investigated, however so far a link has not been found. The UK Health Security Agency is working with the NHS, a wide range of experts and with public health colleagues across the UK to find the cause as soon as possible.

Link to relevant studies published in March 2023. It was found that Adeno-associated viruses (AAV) are small viruses that infect humans were probably the cause.

Obviously, there are sick children; but this seems to be a new problem that has likely come off the back of the past few years of covid and lockdown restrictions, it may be the lack of open air, and mixing with each other, building up natural immunity all played a part or its our own genetics, how we are made. It was a very stressful time for children, with school closures, the huge stresses places on parents to home school and work in the same small places for many families all at the same time and having various media and 'specialists' suggesting that children were potential super spreaders, made the fear that they could kill granny feel very real and frightening.

We don’t know the ages or any significant facts about the affected children, but for the children themselves and their parents, a child requiring a liver transplant is horrendous. Hopefully their lives have been saved, while others are either very sick or will not survive. Its hard to imagine how frightening this is for families to be faced with this terrible diagnosis.

So, what is hepatitis and how do you catch it?

Symptoms of hepatitis include nausea, vomiting, fever, loss of appetite, and vomiting. As hepatitis progresses, other symptoms include dark urine and light-coloured stool. The more serious symptoms include jaundice, which is the yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes.

For children they normally catch this from coming in contact with the blood or stool of a person who has the disease. Eating or drinking food or water that has been contaminated by blood or stools containing the virus. Fruits, vegetables, shellfish, ice, and water are common sources of the disease. People feel no need to wash fruit, vegetables, and salad despite the amount of research to show what type of bacteria’s and toxins can be found on foods.'s%20Food%20Safety,including%20fever%2C%20headaches%20and%20more.

Covid was tested for at sewage plants, the workers wearing protective clothing in case they come into contact with even water spray and with the release of human waste into waterways, rivers, and the seas this could cause even more health problems.

Why children more than adults?

masked child using hand gel
Child using hand sanitiser

It can be anything in contact with the skin, the amount of use, the lack of handwashing due to the use of gel. The chemicals in gel would directly impact the liver as it has to deal with all the chemicals we ingest or use in our body. I read one comment from an adult asking why should children be affected when adults were not so. The use of 'strong smelling soap powders and liquids and softeners, may smell great to you but children lungs are much more delicate ad asthma in on an massive increase. Lack of fresh air and being exposed to 'fake' perfumes which are just a toxic overload of chemicals is going to affect children and us and our pets.

Biologically its rather obvious. It’s their size, the fact they are still growing, less robust to be able to deal with the toxins invading their bodies. It has been shown where schools made children line up and use gel constantly throughout a school day.

Parents often applied liberal amounts of this chemical substance to their children’s hands, even tiny children and babies rather than encouraging them to wash with soap and water. It was seen as the way to stop the spread, no one could blame a person for trying to look after their off spring, but the common use of 'wipes' rather than real soap and water is prevalent throughout our modern society, and this is not hand washing. People see this as a way of caring for the child, and parents do their best and convenience is the modern way, but at times reverting to old methods just work better and is basically free. Its better for the environment too as wipes really do create a mass of waste. If there no water available, then as soon as possible wash and use wipes as a back up until then. Or create your own - cotton clothes or J Clothes which are reusable, packed in a waterproof reusable container with water and a little liquid soap.

Applying harsh chemicals to a child will not help their livers. Hand Gel has been found to be effective against viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, but the final product should contain 80% ethanol or 75% isopropyl alcohol. Ethanol is less concentrated than isopropyl alcohol, so needs to contain more. Ethanol is consumed when drinking alcoholic beverages, consuming ethanol alone can cause coma and death. Ethanol is a toxic chemical and should be treated and handled as such, whether at work or in the home. Its toxic to adults, so in theory would be more toxic to children.

So how can you help your child?

  • Show them how to wash their hands after going to the toilet with soap and water. Even cold water with soap will kill bugs.

  • Wash all fruit, salad and vegetables, even if they are being cooked.

  • Encourage a child to bath regularly.

  • Give you child supplements of minerals and vitamins, give them a chance to detox from the chemical storm we have had to put up with. Just being cooped up indoors will have seriously impacted their nutritional levels, let alone their emotional self and developmental self. Higher Nature do a Ultratrace ™ drops of liquid trace minerals which will help.

  • Faith in Nature do the most wonderful washing liquid and natural soaps. My personal favourite is the hemp soap with its clean lemony smell. You can buy in bulk and they really last.

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