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Aspirin (Kawasaki Disease) 

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Aspirin (Kawasaki Disease)  - What is it for

Taking aspirin regularly will help to reduce the risk of blood clots. This is sometimes described as thinning the blood. Aspirin is also usually prescribed for 4 to 6 weeks after Kawasaki disease, or longer if your child has abnormalities of the blood vessels that supply the heart with blood, oxygen and nutrients, detected on echocardiography. Your doctor will advise you on when your child can stop taking aspirin.

Aspirin (Kawasaki Disease)  - Handling

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Aspirin (Kawasaki Disease)  - Additional Information

  • You may have heard that aspirin should not be given to children due to the risk of Reye’s syndrome, a rare but serious condition that affects the brain and liver. This has been mostly observed in children less than 5 years of age, have had a viral illness (chicken pox or flu) or on prolonged, high-dose aspirin. It has not been observed in children receiving low (antiplatelet) doses. Talk to your doctor if you are worried about this.
  • Inform your child’s doctor if your child is having chicken pox or flu, or experiencing viral symptoms whilst on aspirin – you doctor will discuss with you on whether to continue, temporary stop the aspirin, or switch to an alternative medication.
  • Also inform your child’s doctor that your child is on aspirin if chicken pox or influenza vaccination is scheduled. Your child’s surgeon/dentist should also be told that your child is on aspirin should a surgery or dental procedure is planned.
  • Check with the doctor or pharmacist before giving your child other medicines such as painkillers [non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) e.g. ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen], supplements and herbal products.
  • Updated on Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department KK Women's and Children's Hospital

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