Reye's Syndrome - Prevention

Since the cause of Reye's syndrome is not known, there is no certain way to prevent the condition. The best advice seems to be to avoid giving aspirin to children. Aspirin appears to be associated with many cases of Reye's syndrome. Many products contain aspirin even if that name is not used. Other names that indicate the presence of aspirin in a product include:

  • Acetylsalicylate
  • Acetylsalicylic acid
  • Salicylic acid
  • Salicylate

Children who require medication for fever or pain should take other, non-aspirin products, such as acetaminophen (pronounced uh-SEE-tuh-MIN-uh-fin, trade name Tylenol) or ibuprofen (pronounced I-byoo-pro-fen, trade names Motrin, Advil).

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