Mother Warns Parents Not To Give Nurofen, Ibuprofen To Children With Chicken Pox

One mom just wanted to give her son something to help ease his discomfort when he had chicken pox. She had no idea that it could have such dire side effects.

"Chickenpox is going round again, can I please remind people NOT to give to your children Nurofen/ibuprofen," wrote Hayley Lyons in a Facebook post.

The mother knows all too well just how dangerous the drug can be to children with chicken pox. Unfortunately, most parents and even many doctors don't know.

Nurofen (in the UK), or ibuprofen (in the U.S.), is an anti-inflammatory drug. It's the key ingredient in popular pain and fever medicine Motrin.

What most people don't realize is that this drug can make chicken pox go deeper into the skin tissue, resulting in blood poisoning and infections.

Lyons gave her son the pain relief medicine when doctors recommended it to her. Her son soon ended up in the hospital with a serious case of septicemia.

"There’s a recognition that ibuprofen has a link with skin reactions in children with chicken pox," said Dr. Stephanie Smith, a pediatrician at Nottingham Children’s Hospital, to the Huffington Post. "It would be good to advise parents and doctors about the risks."

It would be good if doctors knew about it as well.

Source: Metro
Photos: Hayley Lyons/Facebook, Derrick Coetzee/Wikimedia

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