Signs and symptoms can vary greatly from child to child and between the 100 different liver diseases which can affect children. This is one reason liver disease can be hard to diagnose.

Here is a list of some of the main indicators of liver disease in children and young people:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Ascites – abdominal swelling caused by a large liver, large spleen or excess fluid
  • Change of sleep patterns
  • Grey or pale coloured stools
  • Jaundice – yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Passing of blood in the stools and urine
  • Poor weight gain
  • Portal hypertension and varices
  • Pruritus (itching)
  • Tiredness or loss of stamina
  • Vomiting
  • Vomiting of blood
  • Yellow urine