Testing & Diagnosis for Congenital Hepatitis B in Children


The first step in treating your child is forming an accurate and complete diagnosis.

For the mother:

If you think you may have been exposed to the hepatitis B virus, your doctor can perform a blood test to check for the presence of the virus in your bloodstream.

For the baby:

If you have hepatitis B, it’s very likely that your baby will be born with it. That’s why it’s important that your baby receive hepatitis B immune globulin and the HBV vaccine in the first twelve hours after birth.

After we complete all necessary tests, Children’s Hospital Boston’s experts meet to review and discuss what they have learned. Then we will meet with you and your family to discuss the results and outline the best treatment options.

Envisioning the “baby-to-be”
See how Children’s uses imaging techniques to make diagnoses before birth.