National Reyes Syndrome Foundation UK

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Information for Parents, Teenagers and General Public

What should be done if symptoms of Reye's Syndrome develop?

Advice to parents

Consult your general practitioner (GP) immediately; a child's life may depend on obtaining emergency treatment in the nearest children's unit. Tell your GP if for whatever reason your child has been given a product containing aspirin. This would alert the GP to consider Reye's syndrome as part of his diagnosis. Statistics indicate a better chance of survival when Reye's syndrome is diagnosed and treated in its earliest stages. The later the diagnosis, the more advanced the coma and the chances of survival and full recovery are greatly reduced.

Reye's syndrome can successfully be managed with a good outcome if diagnosed early and meticulously treated.