What is Reye's syndrome ?
Reye's syndrome is a very rare disease that children can get while they're recovering from any viral infection, including the flu, a cold, or chickenpox.
What are the symptoms of Reye's syndrome?
Its symptoms include the following:
• diarrhoea and sometimes vomiting
• difficulty breathing
• drowsiness or lethargy
• hyperactivity and agitation
Any child showing the above symptoms may need to be assessed urgently by your own doctor or a hospital doctor, if necessary. What causes Reye's syndrome?
Although the cause of the disease is unknown, studies have found that children are more likely to get it if they take aspirin. It is now recommended that aspirin should not be given to children under 16 years. You should therefore never give your child aspirin unless your doctor prescribes it. Instead, keep infant paracetamol suspension or ibuprofen on hand to relieve pain and fever. Also, don't take any products containing aspirin if you're breastfeeding, since the drug is passed on to your baby through your breastmilk.