Almost everyone has had chickenpox, and I for one still remember how terrible it was. Still, I'm glad I've already had it and don't have to worry about getting it as an adult, when it's supposed to be even worse.
Chickenpox isn't considered to be particularly dangerous and everyone who gets it suffers through the same pain, but for one mother, her son's sickness turned into a nightmare.
It all started when Hayley Lyons from Warrington, England brought her son Lewis to the doctor because the boy had an alarmingly high fever
The doctor recommended that Halley give her son ibuprofen to relieve his pain and reduce his fever. She trusted this advice and did as the doctor said.
After Lewis took the ibuprofen, his condition became worse, and Hayley had to rush him to the hospital for a second time. And this time, the boy was diagnosed with a serious infection.
Since one of her friends' kids also had chicken pox, Halley felt that she wanted to warn other children.
Here's how she wrote on Facebook:
"Chickenpox is going round again can I please remind people NOT to give your children nurofen/ibuprofen.
Four different doctors from our local (out of hours) prescribed it for Lewis as we couldn't get his temp down. This type of medicine is an anti inflammatory, it reacts with chicken pox making them go deeper into the skin tissue.
It was only wen we took Lewis to Alderhey because the doctors from our hospital kept sending him home saying it was 'just chicken pox' we found this out."
"He ended up with septicaemia and was admitted straight to Alderhey as soon as we arrived there.
Only because we persevered and took Lewis to a children's hospital off our own back was he ok.
This could have ended up so much worse if it wasn't for those doctors at Alderhey and their advice, care and knowledge.
Only use CALPOL for their temps.
It does actually state on the nurofen website not to take this medicine with chickenpox. (We discovered this after it happened) But when our doctors prescribe it, who are we to question it?"
Thanks to the fact that Hayley was so observant and realized that Lewis was seriously ill, Lewis turned out okay. Find out more information about the side effects of ibuprofen on Drugs.com.
Please share this article with your friends on Facebook to warn other parents so that no one else is affected.