Almost all of us have had chickenpox sooner or later, and I still remember how awful it was. But I'm still glad that I have already had it and can avoid contracting it as an adult, as it would be even worse.
Unfortunately many physicians do not take chickenpox very seriously!
Chickenpox isn't considered to be a very dangerous illness, but for a single mother, her son's illness become a nightmare.
Hayley Lyons, from Warrington in England, took her son Lewis to the physician when his fever became worryingly high.
The doctor recomended that she give him some ibuprofen, which can be both a painkiller and fever relief. She trusted the doctor and did what he said — but she shouldn't have.
After Lewis took the tablets, his condition suddenly became worse, and Hayley had to rush her son to the hospital for the second time. This time however, he was hospitalized with a serious infection.
The tablets the doctor had prescribed have a terrible impact on patients suffering with chickenpox, and now the mother is desperate to warn other parents of the dangers.
She wrote this on Facebook in 2016, but the warning is still relevant today!
“Chickenpox is going round again. Can I please remind folks NOT to give your kids nurofen/ibuprofen. .
4 different doctors from our neighborhood 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 ‘only chickenpox' that we found out this.
He ended up with septicaemia and was admitted straight to Alderhey when 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??”
Thanks to Hayley being observant and realizing that Lewis was severely sick, everything worked out in the end this time.
On CDC's official website you can read more about chickenpox and how best to treat symptoms.
Remember that no doctor knows everything, and it never hurts to look for another opinion if you are unsure about something. Better safe than sorry!
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