Reye syndrome is a rare but
serious disease that most often affects children ages 6 to 12 years old. It can
cause brain swelling and liver damage. It may be related to using
aspirin to treat viral infections.
syndrome can lead to brain damage, liver damage, and death. But if the disease
is found and treated early, most children recover from Reye syndrome in a
few weeks and have no lasting problems.
When Eleilia Preston gave birth to her first child, the last thing she worried about was lead in toys.
The stay-at-home mom, who describes herself as "over-the-edge careful," made sure that little Megan was always within eyesight. She documented each bite her daughter ate and washed all her toys, several times a week.
That's why Preston, 29, was so shocked when doctors diagnosed the toddler with lead poisoning.
At 21 months, Megan far exceeded every developmental milestone for her age group. She...
Experts don't know what
causes Reye syndrome. It often happens in children who have recently had
the flu and who took medicines that contain
Reye syndrome cannot spread from child to child.
What are the symptoms?
Reye syndrome often starts
when a child is recovering from a viral illness, such as the flu or
chickenpox. Symptoms usually
appear 3 to 7 days after the viral illness starts. They may develop over
several hours to a day or two.