Aspirin use in children: heeding the warning?

Lynne Hancock*, David A. Henry, Robert W. Sanson‐Fisher

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In 1986, the Australian Government issued warnings about the use of aspirin for children and adolescents after the link had been established between aspirin use and Reye's syndrome in America. This study questioned a representative community sample of parents in Newcasde, New South Wales, about their awareness of this caution, and their recent aspirin use for children under 18 years. While 65% of women and 47% of men reported that they were aware of the Government recommendations, only 8% of women and 9% of men reported obtaining this information from the printed warning on the medicine container or packet. Despite awareness of the warnings, almost one third of parents reported administering aspirin to their children. When it is necessary to caution patients about the use of over‐the‐counter medications, it is not sufficient to use package labelling as the main site of information. 1992 Public Health Association of Australia

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-37
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian Journal of Public Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1992
Externally publishedYes


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