Aspirin should not be given to children

Just about every household contains aspirin, and it was not too many years ago that children took orange-flavored "baby aspirin" all the time. Today, children under age 17 are never given aspirin because of the concern about Reyes Syndrome, a potentially deadly disease affecting the brain and the liver. According to this article:

The probability of contracting Reyes syndrome is small, but there is no need to take the risk when other pain relievers are available.

The other concern with aspirin is that a child will get into a bottle of aspirin and swallow a dozen tablets. According to this article:

For a 22 pound child, this translates into just 5 to 10 regular-strenth tablets, or 3 to 5 extra-stength tablets. If the tablets are brightly colored and gel-coated, it is not hard to imagine a young child swallowing that many. Steps you can take Additional Resources