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Can children take aspirin?

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
No: Aspirin is not considered safe for children due to its association with Reys syndrome. There are special circumstances where a child will be put on aspirin (cyanotic heart disease, kawasaki disease) but that is done under direct guidance of the child's doctor/specialist.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Not used under 16: An epidemic of sudden onset liver failure and death in kids during the 1970's and 1980's was associated with aspirin use during the flu or chickenpox. The use of all aspirin containing products stopped for most conditions and this condition is no longer seen.It is now reserved for a narrow group of conditions.

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