Why You Should Never Give Ibuprofen To A Child With Chickenpox
Chickenpox is something every parent and child has to go through at some point in time. They can be very hard for hyperactive child and even harder for a parent who tries to keep the child at ease. The worst thing a parent can do, when your child is infected, is give their 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’s son Lewis was suffering from chickenpox and had been prescribed ibuprofen by four different doctors in an attempt to get his temperature down. It ended up having an almost opposite effect – his temperature continued to rise, and the pox themselves became blistered and painful.
She rushed Lewis to the hospital where he was found to have septicaemia (blood poisoning). He was admitted and treated straight away, and was able to start his recovery process.
Ibuprofen interrupts the flood of chemical reactions that are present in infections and illnesses, reduces inflammation. This, in turn, helps to reduce the signs of the symptoms.
In the case of chickenpox, however, the medication has quite a different effect. When the two are combined, it could lead to a number of different skin infection complications.
Although more research needs to be done into the specific ins and outs, there is a theory as to what might be happening. It’s thought that in reducing the inflammation, the Ibuprofen also reduces the body’s ability to fight infections on the skin. This gives bad bacteria a chance to hijack the vulnerability and cause all manner of complications. The chickenpox, unable to inflame the skin in the way they usually would go deeper into the skin, which causes blood poisoning.
The Nurofen website explains the exact unfortunate situation Hayley found herself in, “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.”
If your child is suffering from a high fever due to chickenpox, you should turn to paracetamol to help them on the way to recovery. Always follow doctor’s orders, but avoid ibuprofen at all costs.
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