Chickenpox, also known as varicella, is a highly contagious disease caused by the infection with the varicella-zoster virus.
The infection affects children and forms small itchy blisters on the skin which eventually turn to scabs. They most often appear on the back, chest, and face and can spread to other body parts as well.
A recent peculiar case of a child named Lewis definitely tells a lot about how we should deal with the infection. Hayley, Lewis’ mother, took her son to a hospital when she noticed that he’s suffering from chickenpox and thought that everything will be fine in a couple of days. However, she couldn’t have imagined what followed next.
The doctors prescribed Ibuprofen for Lewis, but when the blisters didn’t go away after a while, Hayley was suspicious. Lewis’ condition turned to worse in the next few days – the blisters were growing instead of shrinking and his temperature increased as well. That’s when she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Although the doctors considered prescribing Ibuprofen in Lewis’ case normal, Hayley’s maternal instincts were telling her that something’s wrong. During his stay in the hospital, Lewis contracted sepsis and had to be hospitalized immediately. Now, Hayley is using her painful experience to let other parents know that Ibuprofen shouldn’t be prescribed for chickenpox under any circumstances. She shared images of her sick son, which have been seen by thousands of people. The pictures also got a reaction from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, which explained that doctors should warn parents about the negative effects of Ibuprofen.
Hayley continued her anti-Ibuprofen campaign on her Facebook profile. As a result of the Ibuprofen administration, Lewis experienced high fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and even shortness of breath, which shows how dangerous Ibuprofen is. The drug may be good for treatment of inflammatory pains, but it shouldn’t be prescribed for chickenpox. It’s a good thing that Hayley’s maternal instinct kicked in on time, or matters could have been far worse.
Hayley got support from thousands of parents around the world, who appreciated her effort to warn them. “I am very grateful for your support and messages,” she wrote. As you can see, Ibuprofen can have serious negative effects on your children.
This is why we suggest sharing this post with everyone you know so the whole world can learn from Hayley’s experience.