State Health Director Warns That ASPIRIN Contains Ingredients That Are DANGEROUS To Children and Teenagers

City of Berkeley Public Health Division
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Parents and caregivers should use medicines that contain acetaminophen to treat flu or cold symptoms or chickenpox in children and teenagers because aspirin contains ingredients that have been linked to a rare disease.

Salicylates, the main ingredients found in aspirin, have been associated with the development of a rare condition known as Reye's syndrome, a disease that can lead to coma, brain damage and even death in children and teenagers suffering from the flu, flu-like illnesses or chickenpox.

If children and teenagers have flu symptoms, it is very important for parents and caregivers to remember not to give them aspirin as a remedy.  In general, children and teenagers should not be given aspirin or aspirin-containing products unless prescribed by their physician.

Medicines that contain acetaminophen, such as Tylenol®, Datril®, Liquiprim® and Tempra®, should be used to treat symptoms of flu and colds, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, coughing and sore throat, in children and teenagers. 

Click here for more information: Center for Disease Control