Reye syndrome is a rare disease that occurs almost exclusively
in children younger than age 15 and can cause severe liver and brain damage.
Taking aspirin during a viral infection seems to significantly raise the risk of developing Reye
syndrome, so do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 unless told to do so by a doctor.
Reye syndrome can
occur when a child seems to be recovering from a viral infection such as a
cold, flu, or chickenpox. Symptoms include vomiting, lack of energy, excessive
sleepiness, memory loss, confusion, and coma.
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Chuck Norlin, MD - Pediatrics