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Aspirin can cause reye syndrome when given to children; what age group does this mean?

Aspirin can cause reye syndrome when given to children; what age group does this mean?

20's: The salicylates in Aspirin are the usual cause of reyes syndrome. They are found in other products, such as pepto bismal (bismuth salicylate) and peppermint oil. The oldest case of rs i know of is early 20's. I did not let my daughter take it until she was 25. ...Read more

Dr. Elise Sadoun
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Reye Syndrome (Definition)

Is a rare and serious syndrome that causes swelling of brain and liver. This syndrome can happen after chicken pox and influenza infection. Reye's syndrome can also be exacerbated by use of aspirin. Here is ...Read more


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What's reye syndrome?

What's reye syndrome?

Acute liver failure: Recognized in the early 60's this pattern of acute liver failure/coma & death often struck kids recovering from the flu or chickenpox. After improving they went through a rapid decline in aleartness & were found to have liver failure.An association with Aspirin products led to almost total elimination it it's use in kids<16yo. It is now rarely if ever seen even at the largest children's hospitals. ...Read more

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What are the tests for reye syndrome?

See below:: There is no specific treatment for this condition. Critical care docs will monitor the pressure in the brain, blood gases, and blood acid-base balance (ph).
Treatments may include:
•breathing support (a breathing machine may be needed during a deep coma)
•fluids by IV to provide electrolytes and glucose
steroids to reduce swelling in the brain. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of reye syndrome?

What are the symptoms of reye syndrome?

See below:: Reye's syndrome is a rare but serious condition that causes swelling in the liver and brain. It most often affects children & teens recovering from a viral infection and who may also have a metabolic disorder. Signs and symptoms such as confusion, seizures and loss of consciousness require emergency treatment. Aspirin has been linked with reye's syndrome. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Reye Syndrome?

Reye's Syndrome: Is a rare and serious syndrome that causes swelling of brain and liver. This syndrome can happen after chicken pox and influenza infection. Reye's syndrome can also be exacerbated by use of aspirin. Here is a helpful article:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/reyes-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20020083 ...Read more

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What is the treatment for reye syndrome?

What is the treatment for reye syndrome?

See below:: There is no specific treatment for this condition. Critical care docs monitor the pressure in the brain, blood gases, and blood acid-base balance (ph).
Treatments may include:
•breathing support (a breathing machine may be needed during a deep coma)
•fluids by IV to provide electrolytes and glucose
steroids to reduce swelling in the brain. ...Read more

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Does reye syndrome kill?

It Can: Reyes syndrome has neurological and hepatic complications. Often triggered by thye use of Aspirin with the existance of certain infections such as chicken pox or perhaps even influenza. Death can occur. ...Read more

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Can applying Salicylic Acid topical cause Reye Syndrome in a sick/ill teen?

Avoid using: Avoid using topical salicylic acid in teens with flu or chicken pox. There is a risk to develop Reye Syndrome a rare but serious condition involving the liver and brain. ...Read more

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Will taking aspirin lead to reye syndrome ?

Will taking aspirin lead to reye syndrome ?

If use during viral: Although we do not know exactly why reye syndrome occurs, but often following viral illness such as flu, chicken-pox, and some viral upper respiratory infections, and use of Aspirin during these illnesses. This is syndrome is rather rare, but there are now many alternatives to control fever during illnesses and so use of Aspirin in children is not recommended. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the association between aspirin & reye syndrome?

What's the association between aspirin &  reye syndrome?

Liver failure/coma: In the 60's & 70's a dreadful problem arose in kids with flu or chickenpox who seemed to get better, then lapsed into a coma & died of liver failure. After a link to Aspirin was found we quit giving it to kids <16 unless they had rare illnesses like kawasaki or jra.There has been a dramatic decline in cases since.Those of us who treated cases know it well. ...Read more

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Does previously having had aspirin affect the risk of reye syndrome?

Does previously having had aspirin affect the risk of reye syndrome?

Age/illness related: The era of Reye Syndrome peaked in the late 70's in kids after flu or chickenpox.It began to decline when we quit using aspirin products with kids. It hit mostly school age kids under 16.Today we don't use aspirin like products in kids under 16. ...Read more

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Can mefenamic acid cause reye syndrome?

Probably not: Reye's syndrome is rare now because it was found to be due to Aspirin given to "bring down the fever" there are still occasional appearances of the disease unassociated with Aspirin but I have never seen a reference to the substance in your question. ...Read more

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Does mefenamic acid lead to reye syndrome?

Reye syndrome: Reye syndrome typically occurs after a viral illness, and is associated with the use of Aspirin during the illness. Mefenamic acid and Aspirin belong to the family of nsaids or non steroidal inflammatory drugs, it can possibly lead to reye syndrome. ...Read more

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If you previously had chicken pox will this reduce the risk of reye syndrome?

If you previously  had chicken pox will this  reduce the risk of reye syndrome?

Rare today : Reye syndrome peaked in the late 70's & has declined precipitously since the association with Aspirin was found & removed from kid treatment.It was more common among the 5-10yo's that had flu or chickenpox.I haven't seen or heard of a case in years & don't recall it ever happening to adults. Being immune to chickenpox is a plus, but flu goes around yearly. ...Read more

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If i take daily aspirin (81mg) to prevent blood clots can I get flu shot (afraid of associated reye syndrome) I am 38.

If i take daily aspirin (81mg) to prevent blood clots can I get flu shot (afraid of associated reye syndrome) I am 38.

Get Ur flu shot: In the peak period of reye syndrome during the 70's it was found associated with growing kids, generally in mid childhood.When we quit giving Aspirin to kids (birth to 16) the process all but disappeared.You are not in a risk group at 38.I believe in the flu shot.I sent a newborn home with a grandparent in 2009 when her pregnant daughter died of flu at 39 weeks. It would have made a difference. ...Read more

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I am 28 and have foetal alcohol syndrome, i was just wondering if it could be inherited by my 3 children?

I am 28 and have foetal alcohol syndrome, i was just wondering if it could be inherited by my 3 children?

FAS: Fetal alcohol syndrome is a label applied to infants where alcohol exposure during pregnancy created toxic effects on otherwise normal tissues.The features range from altered facial appearance & heart defects to injury to brain cells.Add or learning problems is common.This is not genetic & no mom passes it to her kids unless she ingests alcohol during pregnancy & replicates the injuries. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of my children having tourette syndrome?

What is the likelihood of my children having tourette syndrome?

Not enough info: Unfortunately you have not given enough information to answer your question. I would discuss this with your pediatrician.
Tics are common in children - approximately 15% of children will have a tic at some time. To have tourette syndrome a person should have tics that exist for at least one year and change form or become multiple, changing in form over time. Tics also wax and wane over time. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the signs for aspergers syndrome in children?

Doctors, what are the signs for aspergers syndrome in children?

See an expert!: Most children with asperger's present a group of specific signs: having repetitive and unusual behaviors; having ritualistic behaviors and pre-occupations (obsessions) with certain topics; difficulties "reading" social cues and difficulties empathizing (sensitivity to other's feelings); in general, difficulties relating to others.
Please, seek a specialist to diagnose this condition properly! ...Read more

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Can people with polysistic ovarian syndrome still have children?

Can people with polysistic ovarian syndrome still have children?

Absolutely, yes.: There are ways to increase your odds of ovulating despite pcos, either with lifestyle changes and/or medications. ...Read more

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How come all Down syndrome children have the same facial features?

How come all Down syndrome children have the same facial features?

Chromosomes abnormal: Down syndrome is a disorder of trisomy (3) number 21 chromosomes. As a result the facial abnormality is shared by everyone with the same extra chromosome. ...Read more

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Attension defect hyperactivity syndrome of children, what is this?

Attension defect hyperactivity syndrome of children, what is this?

Big problem : people/ Kids cant pay attention due to a brain chemistry imbalance, and the meds target that so the person can focus and concentrate and remember what people say to him/her. ...Read more

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What percentage of children with nephrotic syndrome do not relapse?

What percentage of children with nephrotic syndrome do not relapse?

60-70 percent: The relapse rate has decreased in children treated with longer initial steroid courses. ...Read more

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Does anyone have or know of any children out there with williams syndrome?

Does anyone have or know of any children out there with williams syndrome?

Have seen a couple: In three decades as a pediatrician, I have seen a couple. My first was during training & one in my practice.Most are felt to be caused by new mutations of one copy of chromosome 7. Years ago diagnosis was based on physical findings, today a gene test or "fish" test probe can be done on potential patients for confirmation. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on the abortion of children diagnosed with down syndrome?

What's your opinion on the abortion of children diagnosed with down syndrome?

Individual decision: It is a decision that is made by the parents and one that should be made after receiving accurate and complete information. ...Read more

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Which careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children?

Which careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children?

Many: Teachers, speech , physical and occupational therapists as well as medical providers and psychologists are some of the career paths that would allow you to work with special needs children. If your goal is to work with these children you just need to decide in what capacity. Do you want to be hands on providing services or have more indirect role. The possibilities are endless. ...Read more

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What are the chances for a man with Marfan syndrome to pass it on to his children?

What are the chances for a man with Marfan syndrome to pass it on to his children?

50% for each child: Marfan syndrome is caused by a mutation of the fbn1 gene on chromosome 15. An affected man (or woman) has one normal and one mutant fbn1 gene in each of his (or her) cells. For each of his children, the chance that he will pass on the mutation is 1/2 or 50%. This pattern of inheritance is called autosomal dominant. ...Read more

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What is autism, who suffers from it and does it affect children.What is the aspeger syndrome?

What is autism, who suffers from it and does it affect children.What is the aspeger syndrome?

Autistic Disorder is: A categorical diagnosis given when a person's set of observable behaviors meet criteria in the diagnostic & statistical manual used by mental health professionals & developmental/behavioral pediatricians. Because it's the quality of social reciprocity & communication + repetitive movements/narrow, restricted areas of interest, not just a delay, it requires a thorough team evaluation for diagnosis. ...Read more

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What careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children (and still have fun at it)?

What careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children (and still have fun at it)?

Lots: There are quite a few fields, including nutrition, childhood development, child and adolescent psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry (physicians) and developmental and behavioral health pediatrics (physicians), or general pediatrics (physicians). As to whether any of these jobs are fun . . . That's up to each individual. ...Read more

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My first cousin's baby has been diagnosed with Goldenhar/ OAV syndrome. No-one else in the family has it. Is it something I could pass to my children?

My first cousin's baby has been diagnosed with Goldenhar/ OAV syndrome. No-one else in the family has it. Is it something I could pass to my children?

No: If your cousin's baby is the first in your family, it is very nearly impossible for you to carry a recessive gene (most of the Goldenhar cases are sporadic, that is, happen randomly). Only a tiny number are inherited and this small number of Goldenhar cases are identified when several members of a family are affected. Your children are very safe. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Reye's Syndrome (Definition)

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