Chickenpox is something that every child goes through at certain point and as much painful as they are, it is important to get rid of them nicely. Most parents actively try and get their kids infected. But, when a child is infected it should be never given ibuprofen as the consequences can be more than dangerous.
What Are Chickenpox?
Chickenpox is incurable but manageable illness, meaning that certain treatments can reduce pain and fever, and soothe itchy skin. Paracetamol and ibuprofen are the commonly recommended medications when it comes to this viral illness.
However, a child suffering from chickenpox should be never given ibuprofen! A recent social media post from Hayley Lyons revealed the consequences of giving your child ibuprofen. This woman followed her doctor`s advice and soon saw that this was a huge mistake. Now, she wants to spread the word about this issue and warn people about the side effects of this medication.
Lewis, Hayley`s son was suffering from chickenpox and had been prescribed ibuprofen by few different doctors. Instead of getting his temperature down, he ended up with higher temperatures and blistered pox. According to Hayley, ibuprofen “reacts with chicken pox making them go deeper into the skin tissue.”
Although Lewis was taken to a hospital right away, the doctors said that it was “just chicken pox”. Hayley went to another hospital where it was found that her son had blood poisoning. He was admitted right away and started the recovery process on time.
This young boy made a full recovery, but the lesson is learnt! Now, Hayley spreads the word about the consequences of this potentially deadly combination.
Ibuprofen interrupts the flood of chemical reactions which are present in illness and reduces inflammation. Consequently, it reduces the signs of the symptoms.
However, in the case of the chickenpox, the drug has different effects. When combined, it could lead to different skin infections.
Even though additional research needs to be done on the topic, there is a theory about the potential outcome. It is believed that Ibuprofen reduces both inflammation and body`s ability to fight off skin infections. Consequently, it gives bad bacteria a chance to thrive and cause complications. Unable to inflame the skin like they usually do, the chickenpox penetrate deeper into the skin.
According to Hayley, Nurofen website doesn’t say not to take it if you have chickenpox and unfortunately, she learned this the hard way.
What Nurofen website explains is that “Some research has shown that ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may increase the risk of developing severe skin infection complications in children with chickenpox.”
Since Hayley story became went on the Internet, The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health urges people to raise awareness of the risk that taking ibuprofen in a case of chickenpox carries. So, follow your doctor`s recommendations but stay away from ibuprofen.