The most painful thing that a parent could ever experience is seeing their children suffer. I mean, who would want to see their children in pain? This is exactly what this woman felt when her son was sick. She was desperate to see her son, well that she decided to let him drink the ibuprofen that the doctor prescribed. Little did she know that it could lead to something worse because of her son’s chickenpox!
The thing is, not all doctors take chickenpox seriously. Although it has already been considered as a very dangerous illness, there are still some who chose not to think of it that way.
Hayley Lyons, from Warrington in England, wanted to get her son, Lewis, cured so she brought him to a doctor when his fever became alarmingly high.
The doctor recommended her to give her son some ibuprofen that acts both as a painkiller and a fever reliever. Since she trusts the doctor that much, she did what she was told to do. But then, she knew that she shouldn’t have to!
After he took the ibuprofen, Lewis’ condition worsen and Hayley had to take her son to a doctor for the second time.
It turns out that the ibuprofen that the doctor had prescribed had a terrible effect on patients who suffer from chickenpox.
Alarmed and horrified by what her son had experienced, she decided to warn other parents of the dangers that ibuprofen could bring to chickenpox sufferers.
She wrote this on Facebook in 2016, but the warning is still relevant today!
“Chickenpox is going round again. Can I please remind people NOT to give your children nurofen/ibuprofen..
“4 different doctors from our local prescribed it for Lewis as we couldn’t get his temp down. This type of medicine is an anti inflammatory, it reacts with chickenpox making them go deeper into the skin tissue.
“It was only when we took Lewis to Alderhey because the doctors from our hospital kept sending him home saying it was ‘just chickenpox’ that 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 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 (a medicine that doesn’t contain paracetamol) 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??”
The good thing is that Hayley was a good observant and knew that her son was already seriously sick before it was too late.