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How do I know if my baby has reyes syndrome?

How do I know if my baby has reyes syndrome?

He'd be dead or ICU: Reye's syndrome was mostly seen in the 1980's, with children having sudden liver failure. It was associated with the use of Aspirin during certain viral infections (flu and chickenpox). Most of these kids died, and all were very, very ill. If your child isn't critically, it is not reye's syndrome. For reasons we don't fully understand, reye's syndrome seems to have largely disappeared. ...Read more

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Reye's Syndrome (Definition)

Reye syndrome is a potentially life threatening condition that occurs in children. Symptoms include persistent vomiting, headache, confusion, and coma. The cause is unknown but it is thought to be associated with children with viral illnesses ...Read more


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What is reyes syndrome?

What is reyes syndrome?

Dz. of brain & liver: A medical syndrome characterized by acute vomiting and the progression of worsening neurologic symptoms which develops within 5 to 7 days after the beginning of an acute viral illness. The illness includes fatty degeneration of the liver due to mitochondrial injury. It is believed to be associated with the intake of aspirin-containing products by children during viral illness. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for reyes syndrome?

What are the treatments for reyes syndrome?

Reye's syndrome: is fortunately a very rare disorder that requires hospital treatment. It is mostly supportive care with IV fluids, glucose, diuretics, antiseizure medicines, etc. There is no cure. It is just supporting the patient through the acute phase and hopefully to recovery. ...Read more

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I only took one asprin, will I get reyes syndrome?

I only took one asprin, will I get reyes syndrome?

Unlikely: Millions of people take Aspirin every day without getting reyes syndrome. There is a small chance of reyes syndrome developing when Aspirin is taken by a child with certain viruses, which is why Aspirin is rarely recommended for fevers in children any more (except under certain circumstances). ...Read more

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How long after taking aspirin does reyes syndrome develop ?

It is not: the aspirin alone but when a person has influenza and takes aspirin together. It is usually several days into infection that the first symptoms develop. You can avoid aspirin use during flu seasons. This flu season is not in full swing yet but getting a flu shot can help avoid infection. ...Read more

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Any connection between chicken pox and reyes syndrome?

Any connection between chicken pox and reyes syndrome?

Maybe.: Reye syndrome usually occurs right after a viral infection, such as a cold or chickenpox, but whether there is a cause-effect connection is not known yet with certainty. Reye is definitely associated with aspirin, which is why Aspirin is no longer recommended for routine use in children. ...Read more

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Can aspirin induce reyes syndrome with a child that recently was given the varicella vaccine?

Can aspirin induce reyes syndrome with a child that recently was given the varicella vaccine?

Doubt anyone knows: We have not recomended the use of Aspirin products to any child under 16 in 20+ years(except for rare use in kawasaki disease or jra).Why any parent would use it now after any vaccine is puzzeling. Only a fraction of flua or chichenpox sufferers that were given Aspirin developed reyes so the risk would be low but why ever give it to a kid unless it was the last possible med available. ...Read more

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How often do babies with downs syndrome also have problems with vsd?

How often do babies with downs syndrome also have problems with vsd?

50%: About half of babies with down syndrome will have congenital heart disease. The majority will have atrioventricular septal defect, aka av canal or endocardial cushion defect. ...Read more

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What is infant death syndrome?

What is infant death syndrome?

SIDS: Also known as sudden infant death syndrome. This is when an otherwise healthy baby is put down to rest or sleep and when the parent checks on them finds them unresponsive. One theory for this is reflux which can happen during sleep and the infant aspirates stomach contents into the lungs and suffocates. ...Read more