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Reye's syndrome

Reye's syndrome is a very rare condition that causes serious liver and brain damage. If it is not treated promptly it may result in permanent brain injury or death.
Symptoms of Reye's syndrome
The initial symptoms of Reye's syndrome include persistent vomiting and listlessness. Symptoms usually begin a few days after a child develops a viral infection.
Causes of Reye's syndrome
The causes of Reye's syndrome are unknown, but most experts agree that a previous viral infection and the use of aspirin in childhood are important.
Diagnosing Reye's syndrome
If you think that your child may have Reye's syndrome, see your GP immediately, or visit the nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department.
Treating Reye's syndrome
Treatment for Reye’s syndrome will require immediate admission to an intensive care unit (ICU). The aim of treatment is to minimise the symptoms.
Complications of Reye's syndrome
Brain damage is the main complication of Reye's syndrome. Spending several weeks in hospital may also affect your child both physically and psychologically.
Preventing Reye's syndrome
You should not give aspirin or medicines that contain aspirin to children who are under 16 years old, unless a doctor specifically advises you to do so.