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Aspirin to be Banned in United Kingdom for Children Under 16

In the United Kingdom the utilization of aspirin in kids under 12 has been suspended since 1986. Earlier this April the UK Committee on Safety of Medicines additionally warned which it also needs to be ignored in kids up to 15 if they were feverish. The main reason given is due to its links with Reye's syndrome, the rare but potentially terminal disorder found almost exclusively in kids and adolescents.

The article, printed inside the November 2, 2002 publication of the British Medical Journal reported that the committee recommended that the warning on aspirin products should read "Do not give to children aged under 16 years, unless for the advice of a doctor." Chairman of the committee, Professor Alasdair Breckenridge, said, "There is merely no reason to expose those under 16 to the risk, however small."

Reye's syndrome can impact all organs of the body, BMJ but it's most hazardous to the brain and liver, where it may cause raised intracranial pressure or liver failure. Since 1986 once the utilization of aspirin in kids under 12 was banned the problem has virtually disappeared in youngsters in this age group. Before the ban, between the years 1981 and 1986 there is an average of nine cases in the United Kingdom a year connected with aspirin used in this age bracket. Since mid-1986 only seven cases have happened in total.

Professor Breckenridge added, "I need to be precise that there's no reason for panic or concern, but I additionally desire to make sure that parents and kids alike are kept knowledgeable and are mindful of the significance of this warning."

It's little known, however in the United States the US Food and Drug Administration recommends that aspirin shouldn't be given to children under 19 years of age during episodes of fever.

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