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Can I give my child aspirin for a sore throat?

You should never give your child aspirin to treat the pain of a sore throat. Doctors recommend against 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 a viral infection. It is a disease that can cause brain swelling, seizures, and coma, liver deterioration, and blood-clotting issues.

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