As your kids recover from the flu, you may be inclined to give them whatever is in your medicine cabinet.

But should you avoid giving them aspirin and Pepto-Bismol as they recover?

We checked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Mayo Clinic. They said you should not give aspirin or Pepto-Bismol to a child or teen recovering from the flu.


Those over-the-counter medications can cause Reye's syndrome, a rare condition that causes swelling in the liver and brain. And if it's not treated, it could turn fatal.

Pepto-Bismol even warns about Reye's syndrome on its website. It also said it's chemically related to aspirin, so warnings for aspirin apply to Pepto-Bismol too.

Kids under 12-years-old shouldn't take aspirin at all.

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