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Terrified Mother Warns Parents Not To Give Ibuprofen To Children With Chicken Pox

A mother has taken to Facebook to warn other parents about the risks of using Ibuprofen medication, like Nurofen, to ease the symptoms of chicken pox. After Hayley Lyons’ son, Lewis, came down with the chicken pox, doctors recommended that Nurofen be used in order to minimize his discomfort. However, after giving Lewis Nurofen, Ms. Lyons was forced to rush the little boy to the emergency room because he contracted septicemia (also referred to as blood poisoning).

In a post that has been shared more than 350,000 times, Ms. Lyons has strongly warned parents to avoid using ibuprofen to treat chicken pox symptoms, stating: “…can I please remind people NOT to give to your child Nurofen/ibuprofen.”

Despite several doctors recommending the medication to her, her son ended up in the emergency room of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital with severe blood poisoning. After taking the medication, Lewis had a severe skin reaction: “This type of medicine is anti-inflammatory, it reacts with the chicken pox making them go deeper into the skin tissue,” Ms. Lyons warned.

“Four different doctors from our local Hospital (out of hours) prescribed it for Lewis as we couldn't get his temp down. They even administered it to him in A&E,” Ms. Lyons also stated in her post. “It was only when we took Lewis to Alder Hey because the doctors from our hospital kept sending him home saying it was 'just chicken pox' we found this out. He ended up with septicemia and was admitted straight to Alder Hey as soon as we arrived there.”

While Ms. Lyons' concerns were not unfounded, Dr. Stephanie Smith, pediatrician from Nottingham Children’s Hospital and spokeswoman for the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, highlighted that “there’s a recognition that ibuprofen has a link with skin reactions in children with chicken pox, however research into the area is still in its infancy.” Dr. Smith suggested that paracetamol would be a safe and effective alternative when easing chicken pox symptoms.

While “there is a risk,” Dr. Smith assured parents that it is low. Dr. Smith also noted that “it would be good to advise parents and doctors about the risks,” pointing out that the instruction leaflet inside the Nurofen box recommends avoiding use of the medicine when suffering from chicken pox.

Information found on the Medline Plus website has strongly recommended to avoid using the drug when dealing with chickenpox, stating “Do NOT give aspirin or ibuprofen to someone who may have chickenpox. Only use CALPOL for their temps.”

“Lewis is fine now. It happened 10 months ago but he still has the scars,” Ms. Lyons confessed. “My friend's daughter has chickenpox so when I saw that it was going around again I decided to share these photos of Lewis among family and friends. I didn't expect the response to be as big as this.”

“I didn't share the pictures at the time it happened because it was just so horrific. Parents need to be aware that this can happen.”

Source: Metro
Photo: Mirror

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