If your baby has liver disease, the treatment varies with the cause. In general, your child’s doctor may prescribe a special baby formula as well as vitamin supplements.
Some metabolic diseases, such as galactosemia, require specific diets or drug treatments. For some diseases, such as biliary atresia, surgery on the liver is required.
In many cases, childhood liver diseases can be managed or controlled through diet, medications or other interventions. If the liver is too damaged to function effectively, a liver transplant may be necessary during the first year of your baby’s life.
If you notice a yellow discolouration of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice) that does not disappear, this is a sign of ongoing liver disease and generally indicates severe liver problems. In an infant who appears to recover from a liver disorder, the return of jaundice is a sign of ongoing disease.
Please talk to your doctor about any specific diet and treatments your baby may need.