Reye’s syndrome is a very serious disease that can be contracted when recovering from a viral infection like the flu, a cold or the chicken pox. The cause of Reyes’s syndrome is unknown but studies have shown that if a child takes aspirin, they are more likely to contract the disease. Because of this, it is now standard to never give aspirin to children.
Reye’s syndrome is occurs mostly in children between the ages of 4 and 12, and usually strikes in the months of January, February, and March. If left untreated, Reye’s syndrome can cause severe damage to the liver and brain, and can be fatal. The symptoms of Reye’s syndrome will occur one or two weeks after a viral illness. A child will vomit, have diarrhoea, and be listless. They will also be extremely drowsy, and lethargic. Once the disease progresses, it will begin to affect the brain. A child can become delirious, hyperactive, and even have convulsions.
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