When is it okay to give aspirin to your baby? What antibiotic is best for chickenpox? Is one drug that tackles congestion, fever, and headache better than two or three? The correct answers are: never, none, and no. Docs know more today about how drugs affect kids than when you (or your mom) were young. Here are the six facts to know about giving medicine to your child:
1. Baby aspirin isn't for babies. Or any kids younger than 16. Salicylate, the active ingredient in aspirin, can cause Reye's syndrome (RS) in kids. No one knows why this potentially fatal condition happens, but the results -- pressure in the brain, coma, damage to the liver and other organs -- are well known. And aspirin isn't alone in causing it. Any salicylate-containing drug, like Kaopectate or adult Pepto-Bismol, can lead to RS.
2. Ibuprofen isn't for babies, either. Don't give it to babies younger than 6 months old or to kids who are vomiting orRead More »from Do Not Give Kids These Medicines!