Chickenpox. Every child goes through them at some point, and every parent has to deal with the fallout – a very fussy child for a few days! As much of a pain as they are, however, it’s important to get them out of the way nice and early. Many parents will even actively try and get their kids infected.
In saying that, when your child is infected, you should never, ever give your child ibuprofen when they have the chickenpox. The consequences could be very, very severe!
What Are Chickenpox?
Chickenpox is a viral illness, which means there is no cure, but the treatments available usually focus on managing the symptoms. They will soothe the itchy skin, and reduce pain and fever. Commonly recommended medications include paracetamol and ibuprofen.
HOWEVER. You should never give your child ibuprofen if they are suffering from chickenpox. A recent social media post from a woman called Hayley Lyons, brought this all to light when she followed her doctor’s advice and gave her child ibuprofen. She very quickly realized this was a mistake, and has since shared her experiences with everyone.
Hayley recently experienced something most parents do when their kids are young: her son Lewis came down with a case of chickenpox. Several doctors prescribed children’s ibuprofen, which is an anti-inflammatory medication commonly prescribed to treat chickenpox. So, Hayley gave the meds to Lewis. After all, she thought, who are we to question a doctor’s prescription?
But Hayley was soon about to realize that while children’s ibuprofen is a perfectly normal way to treat other conditions, it’s not something that Lewis should have taken for his chickenpox. Her son’s health began to decline. Not only did Lewis’ temperature continue to rise, but the pox became severely blistered and painful. Despite the fact doctors said it was still a “normal” case of chickenpox, Hayley’s motherly instincts kicked in.
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