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Aspirin can cause reye syndrome when given to children; what age group does this mean?
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Dr. Patricia Harkins
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Patricia Harkins
Dr. Patricia Harkins
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
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In brief: Roughly 4 to 10
Reye's syndrome is now rare since Aspirin was found to be the cause rather than the virus for which the Aspirin was given.
I have seen it in an eighteen month child so the age is not in a definite range. There are still occaional rare cases of the syndrome where Aspirin was not given so the mechanism is still unknown.

In brief: Roughly 4 to 10
Reye's syndrome is now rare since Aspirin was found to be the cause rather than the virus for which the Aspirin was given.
I have seen it in an eighteen month child so the age is not in a definite range. There are still occaional rare cases of the syndrome where Aspirin was not given so the mechanism is still unknown.
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: <16y
This disorder emerged in the late 60's, seemed to peak in the late 70's and is now quite rare.
Once we understood its link to aspirin, the general effort was to avoid it under age 16 and specifically for flu or chickenpox. We don't understand the real cause or whether stopping aspirin products led to its decline in frequency.Aspirin is occasionally still used in kids for specific disorders.

In brief: <16y
This disorder emerged in the late 60's, seemed to peak in the late 70's and is now quite rare.
Once we understood its link to aspirin, the general effort was to avoid it under age 16 and specifically for flu or chickenpox. We don't understand the real cause or whether stopping aspirin products led to its decline in frequency.Aspirin is occasionally still used in kids for specific disorders.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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