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My child has a stomach ache with his chickenpox, can I give them pepto-bismol?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Even the chewable calcium carbonate Kids' Pepto worries me because it's pink, & it's bismuth subsalicylate that causes that color.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
In brief: No! Especially not
With chickenpox & the " flu, " but also never in kids < 12, & probably not in teens.
Bismuth subsalicylate, like aspirin, can cause reyes syndrome. In the early 70's when we still gave children's Aspirin to children for acute minor illnesses, i saw kids get horribly sick & some die from reyes syndrome. Stick with clear liquids, appropriate tylenol (acetaminophen) doses & call your pediatrician.

In brief: No! Especially not
With chickenpox & the " flu, " but also never in kids < 12, & probably not in teens.
Bismuth subsalicylate, like aspirin, can cause reyes syndrome. In the early 70's when we still gave children's Aspirin to children for acute minor illnesses, i saw kids get horribly sick & some die from reyes syndrome. Stick with clear liquids, appropriate tylenol (acetaminophen) doses & call your pediatrician.
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