Such was the case with Lewis, who came down with a case of chickenpox and was prescribed children’s ibuprofen which is common for the anti-inflammatory benefits it has. Hayley, Lewis’s mom, gave her son the meds after the doctor prescribed it and naturally she didn’t think anything of it.
Hayley would quickly find out that children’s ibuprofen was not the right thing to give Lewis, as his health began to get much worse. His temp was rising and the pox were becoming very painful and blistering badly. Even though his condition was worsening, doctors insisted that it was “normal”. Hayley was not buying it though.
And mother Hayley was right. Lewis contracted septicemia. He was immediately admitted to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. It was because Hayley knew better and realized something else was going on that she had ended up taking her son to a children’s hospital and there he was able to begin to recover.
Hayley now believes it is very important to warn parents about the dangers regarding Ibuprofen and chickenpox treatment. She shows the images of her son when he began the Ibuprofen, and her post has been getting widespread attention. So much so that the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health has since said that more awareness needs to be spread to inform both parents and doctors of the small, yet significant risk that ibuprofen carries in chickenpox cases.
Below is Hayley’s post and shocking images warning parents about these potential dangers.
“Chickenpox is going round again can I please remind people NOT to give your children nurofen/ibuprofen,” Hayley wrote on her Facebook page.
“4 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 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 septicaemia and was admitted straight to Alder Hey as soon as we arrived there.”
Here are the symptoms of septicaemia: sudden high fever with chills; nausea, vomiting and diarrhea; abdominal pain; shortness of breath; and rapid heart rate. It can be treated with antibiotics. Early treatment is essential.
“Only because we persevered an 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 septicaemia 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??”
Hayley’s son Lewis is now recovering.