Treatments for Reye Syndrome in Children

Although there is no cure for Reye syndrome, there are some treatments. The key to medically managing Reye syndrome is early detection.

  • A child with Reye syndrome requires immediate hospitalization in the intensive care unit and close monitoring by the healthcare team. This is a serious illness that can quickly worsen.
  • The goal of treatment is to monitor and reduce the pressure in the head and to provide supportive care (treatment of symptoms) to the child. Medications are used to control the inflammation in the brain, seizures, fever or other conditions that may be present.
  • The extent of the problem depends on the severity of the condition and the presence of other organ system problems that could affect the child. In severe cases, a breathing machine may be required to help your child breathe easier.