When to get medical advice

As Reye's syndrome can be fatal, it's vital that you get medical advice if you think your child may have it.

Dial 999 to ask for an ambulance, or go straight to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department if your child:

  • loses consciousness
  • hasa fitor convulsions (violent, irregular limb movements)

You should contact your GP if, after having a cold, flu or chickenpox, your child is:

  • vomiting repeatedly
  • unusually tired
  • displaying personality or behavioural changes(see above)

Although it's unlikely these symptoms will be caused by Reye's syndrome, they still need to be checked by a doctor.

Tell your GP if your child has taken aspirin , because the use of aspirin in children has been linked to Reye's syndrome (see below).

Buteven if your child hasn't taken aspirin, Reye's syndrome shouldn't be ruled out.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018