It is well known, or at least it should be, that you shouldn't give kids aspirin or salicylate containing medicines because of the risk of Reye Syndrome, right? Then I'm not sure why parents continue to give their younger kids Pepto-Bismol
, both of which have Bismuth Subsalicylate as their main ingredient, when their kids have stomach problems, such as indigestion, diarrhea, heartburn, or nausea.
Since Reye Syndrome is associated with kids who take these types of medicines when they have viral illnesses, like the chicken pox
or the flu
, you have to be especially careful about using them during cold and flu season
. Review whether or not it is safe to give Pepto-Bismol to kids
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