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Why should I not give aspirin to a child with chickenpox?

Why should I not give aspirin to a child with chickenpox?

Complications: Back in the late 60's & early 70's a devistating illness called reye's syndrome started appearing.Kids with chickenpox or flu would appear to get better before lapsing into coma & dying of liver failure. After a link with salycilates(aspirin) was made, we stopped giving it to kids under 16. Reye's has almost disappeared.It didn't happen to all kids, but we never knew how to predict who would. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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Ibuprofen with chickenpox? Already know aspirin can cause "reye's syndrome" but i've been on ibuprofen with my cp. Everything seems to have improved..

Ibuprofen with chickenpox? Already know aspirin can cause "reye's syndrome" but i've been on ibuprofen with my cp. Everything seems to have improved..

Chicken pox: While you are indeed correct that Aspirin use has been associated with reye's , this is not the case with any of the other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaid's). So it is fine to use Ibuprofen with chicken pox. ...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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If my 9 month old have chicken pox and he is on aspirin, warfarin and propranolol, what should I do?

If my 9 month old have chicken pox and he is on aspirin, warfarin and propranolol, what should I do?

Underlying disease?: Who exposed him since most people have had varicella or been immunized. He seems, given the meds, to have a cardiovascular disease. Let your pediatrician know but i'd his immune system is healthy, he should be fine. ...Read more

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Is aspirin safe to give my child to decrease his flu symptoms?

Is aspirin safe to give my child to decrease his flu symptoms?

No: There is a condition called reye syndrome that has been associated with the use of Aspirin by children when treating a viral illness. This syndrom affect the brain and liver and is fatal 20% of the time. It is very rare now as Aspirin use in children has decreased. ...Read more

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When is it safe to give my child aspirin?

When is it safe to give my child aspirin?

NEVER!: ..Is pretty much the only indication left for giving children aspirin. For all others, the possibility of a life-threatening reaction to Aspirin is too serious to ignore. ...Read more

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My child has a stomach ache with his chickenpox, can I give them pepto-bismol?

My child has a stomach ache with his chickenpox, can I give them pepto-bismol?

Not recommended: Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) has a component salycelate that was linled with a devistating disease called reye's syndrome in the 70's & 80's. After physicians stopped recomending salycelate products there was a rapid decline in the frequency of that problem. Discuss your concern with your physician for the best possible comfort meds. ...Read more

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How long after playing with a child with chickenpox is my son likely to get a rash?

How long after playing with a child with chickenpox is my son likely to get a rash?

10-21 days.: It takes 10 to 21 days (average 14-16 days) after contact with an infected person for someone to develop chicken pox. ...Read more

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