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Aspirin

Brand Names: Children's Bayer Aspirin Generic Name: Aspirin, Bufferin, Ecotrin, others

What does this medicine do?

Helps prevent blood clots from forming in children with complex heart disease. 

How should I give my child this medicine?

  • Give at the same time each day as directed
  • Give with food to prevent stomach upset
  • Use the chewable baby tablets for younger children. For infants, crush tablet, mix with a little warm water and give in an oral syringe.
  • For older children, using a coated tablet may help to prevent stomach upset 

What should I do if my child vomits after a dose?

  • If the vomiting occurs within 15 minutes after the medicine is given, give the entire dose again. If more than 15 minutes have passed, do not give it again until the next scheduled dose.  

What should I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give the dose as soon as you remember it, up to 2 hours later. If it is more than 2 hours late, skip the missed dose and give the next dose at the regular time. Never try to make up missed doses by giving extra medicine.

What precautions or special instructions should I know about?

  • Be sure that all doctors and dentists your child visits know that he/she is receiving aspirin.
  • Stop taking 2 weeks before surgery or cardiac catheterization. This allows enough time for the blood clotting system to get back to normal.
  • Do not give to your child if he/she has the chicken pox or the flu.
  • Resume 2 weeks following complete resolution of the viral illness. 

What are the common side effects?

  • Mild stomach upset

Report:

  • Stomach pain
  • Bruising
  • Bloody or black, tarry stools
  • Ringing in the ears

This information does not cover all the uses, precautions, side effects or interactions of this medicine. If you have any further questions, please contact your doctor.

2006: Information reviewed by Lynda Dettling BSN, RN

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