U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
VA
A female asked:

would it be ok to give my 4 year old pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)? if not what would you recommend i give him for an upset stomach/stomach pain?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: You should not use the adult pepto. It contains salycelates which are linked to Reye Syndrome in kids, a devastating cause of liver failure and death. There is a Kids pepto, without salycelates. I encourage parents to avoid giving anything other than fluids and a bland diet.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month
Last updated Mar 29, 2019

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.