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Can I give my child aspirin for the pain of a sunburn?

You should not give your child aspirin to treat the pain of a sunburn. Doctors do not recommend this treatment option because of the risk of Reye's syndrome. Reye's syndrome has shown up in children who have taken aspirin when battling an infection. It is a disease that can affect the brain (causing swelling, seizures, and coma), the liver (deterioration), and blood-clotting issues. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are better choices for pain relief. Ask your doctor about correct dosage for your child, though.

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