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If your not supposed to give children's aspirin to kids, then why do they still make it and sell it?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Actually...: I don't think they even call it "children's aspirin" anymore. It's called "low dose" Aspirin now and it's very popular for preventing heart disease.
Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Other uses-low dose: It is called low dose Aspirin and it has other uses, including protection against heart attack and stroke.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Still a good med: As with many medications, we discover over time that some complications require avoidance or close monitoring.A dramatically good acne med can cause liver injury if its not monitored or birth defects in a pregnant woman but it works well.A drug that causes birth defects is used with some patients to keep their cancer from recurring.Having important benefits is why some dangerous meds are made.
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
You avoid aspirin in a child if they have the flu - but there are settings where it would be used. You need to discuss this with your pediatrician. I suspect the baby dose is used more for adult cardio-protection. I agree with Dr. Ferguson
Dec 18, 2016

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