A. It depends, both on how old your child is and which type of Pepto-Bismol you are thinking of giving them. The 'original' or regular strength Pepto-Bismol almost seems like a miracle drug for kids with stomach problems, offering 'soothing relief' for many common symptoms, including:
- Upset Stomach
This led the FDA to allow the original Pepto-Bismol and Kaopectate, which also contains Bismuth Subsalicylate, to only include labeling instructions for children over age 12. Some doctors go even further though and recommend that even teens not take aspirin or salicylate containing medicines.
To add to the confusion though, there are many other forms of Pepto-Bismol, including caplets and chewable tablets that also contain Bismuth Subsalicylate.
Children's Pepto Chewable TabletsOn the other hand, the Children's Pepto Chewable Tablets that also help relieve 'heartburn, sour stomach, acid indigestion, and upset stomach due to these symptoms or overindulgence in food or drink' contains Calcium Carbonate as its active ingredient.
So unlike the other forms of Pepto-Bismol, it would not be associated with Reye Syndrome and would be okay for younger children. In fact, Children's Pepto Chewable Tablets can be given to children as young as age two years old.