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Is it ok to give a two year old pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)?

Is it ok to give a two year old pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)?

No: Pepto-bismol has the active ingredient bismuth subsalicylate, which has been found to be safe and effective for treating “nonspecific diarrhea” in adults. However, Bismuth Subsalicylate is chemically related to Aspirin (acetylsalicylate), which can be dangerous for children. When given during a viral illness, it can cause reye’s syndrome, a rare condition that can involve serious brain damage. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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My six year old has a tummy ache for two days now. Can I give him pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)?

My six year old has a tummy ache for two days now. Can I give him pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)?

Check with PD: The primary symptoms aided by pepto-bismol are nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea, and other temporary discomforts of the stomach and gil tract. If your child doesn't have worrisome symptoms like fever, chills, nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite then you can try pepto- bismol. Yet I would recommend checking with your pediatrician first since symptoms persisted for 2 d. ...Read more

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My 3 year old ate 2 pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets. She's 25 lbs what should I do.

My 3 year old ate 2 pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets. She's 25 lbs what should I do.

Ingestion of <150 mg: Per kilogram of body weight usually produces no toxicity or mild toxicity. If you are absolutely certain that she ate no more than 2 adult chewable tablets of Pepto-Bismol, she will probably be okay. If not certain, take her to a hospital-based pediatric ER where a plasma salicylate concentration can be determined. Keep all prescription, OTC, herbal & other drugs out of the reach of children. ...Read more

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Can a four year old take children's pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) and if so how much? She weighs 54lbs. Thanks.

Can a four year old take children's pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) and if so how much? She weighs 54lbs. Thanks.

Depends: Regular pepto contains Bismuth Subsalicylate which is an Aspirin product linked to liver failure and brain damage in kids, a syndrome called reye syndrome. This is rare but regular pepto is not recommended for this reason. The company makes a chewable tablet with no salicylate (children's pepto)which can be used at a dose of 1 tablet for a kid of 4. ...Read more

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I gave my 15 year old son 30mls of pepto bismol about an hour and half ago. He has a prescription for promethazine. Is it safe to let him take it?

Yes, but...: The Promethazine is fine, but I'm not a fan of Pepto-Bismol in kids. It contains an ingredient the body metabolizes to essentially aspirin, which is a big NO NO in kids during influenza season. I've actually seen a 5 year old die of aspirin overdose from taking Pepto...just not a fan of it in kids... ...Read more

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28 year old healthy female. I had a stomach bug 8 days ago. I am still having stomach cramps, pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) helps but pain comes back. Any suggestions?

Gastroenterologist: Viral infections of the GI tract usually clear after a week but can leave behind an irritable bowel syndrome for a week or more. If you're having ongoing severe diarrhea with cramps, see your physician for evaluation and have your stool cultured to check for other types of infection. In the meantime follow a bland, low roughage diet with peptobismol as needed and this may make your stools black. ...Read more

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Can you give a 5yr old pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) he has a stomach ache and has thrown up twice

Can you give a 5yr old pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) he has a stomach ache and has thrown up twice

Which product: We rarely use any product with salicylates in kids under 16 due to a connection to liver failure & death called Reye syndrome. That problem was recognized the late 60's/70's & was found related to aspirin exposure during viral illnesses. The kid would be better off just eating ice chips, popsicles pieces or chilled applesauce until his stomach settles. ...Read more

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What are side effects of 2 year eats pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tabelts?

Poison Control: Call Poison Control and follow their instructions 1-800-222-1222. One thing I will will tell you is that if you do not rinse his or her mouth they make develop an absolutely black tongue by morning. But call Poison Control. ...Read more

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My mom thinks it's okay for me to take 2 year expired pepto bismol, (bismuth subsalicylate) is this safe?

My mom thinks it's okay for me to take 2 year expired pepto bismol, (bismuth subsalicylate) is this safe?

Expired pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate): This is always a question - as long as the solution when shaken mixes well then its okay. INmany countries of the world expired medication is commonly used without any problem its only in the USA its frowned upon - its called FDA and making money. ...Read more

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Hello Doctor. How are you? I have a few pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets that expired one year ago. I have a really bad stomach ache. Is it safe to take a pill?

Hello Doctor. How are you? I have a few pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets that expired one year ago. I have a really bad stomach ache. Is it safe to take a pill?

Would use new: Generally good policy not to take expired medications, and I would get fresh antacids, or even try household baking soda if you feel this is from stomach acid. If recurrent, see MD. Ulcers (? aspirin/motrin), infection (e.g. H pylori), gall stones, etc may need to be considered. Seek MD esp if red flags eg increasing nausea/vomit, blood/melena (black stools), anemia, weight loss, fever ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to give my baby pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) at 5 months?

Is it possible for me to give my baby pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) at 5 months?

According to the: Company "as of spring 2004, the fda required the child dosing directions be removed from the label of all anti-diarrheal products containing bismuth subsalicylate, including pepto-bismol.". ...Read more

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I nursed my 14 wk old daughter and took 2 Tbsp of Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) right after. Is it safe to bf her 10 hrs later? Haven't pumped or bf since.

I nursed my 14 wk old daughter and took 2 Tbsp of Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) right after. Is it safe to bf her 10 hrs later? Haven't pumped or bf since.

? Safe: Systemic absorption of bismuth is minimal to start with, although absorption of salicylate portion of the drug is ~ 80 %, its stays in the system for ~ 5 hours, and gets eliminated, safety with breast feeding is questionable, as salicylates gets excreted in breast milk, would you pump first and discard before nursing your baby if you can, ...Read more

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I just had 30 ml of pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for an upset stomach. I realized that it expired almost 4 years ago. Is this something to worry about?

I just had 30 ml of pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for an upset stomach. I realized that it expired almost 4 years ago. Is this something to worry about?

No: There is a 36 month expiration placed on all consumable products such as medications even though most are stable far longer as long as they're not exposed to hot temperatures. You will have no harm from using the pepto-bismol, but should get some fresh product when you can. ...Read more