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In 2016, Hayley Lyons experienced something most parents do at some point: her son Lewis came down with a bad case of chickenpox.
Several doctors prescribed him children’s ibuprofen, which is an anti-inflammatory medication commonly used to treat chickenpox.
So, Hayley gave the meds to Lewis. After all, she thought, who was she to question the doctor?
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 she said 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.
As it turned out, Lewis contracted septicaemia and was immediately admitted to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.
Only because Hayley persevered and took Lewis to a children’s hospital at her own accord was he able to begin the recovery process.
Hayley went on a mission to warn other parents about the dangers of taking Ibuprofen to treat chickenpox. She shared the heartbreaking images of Lewis’ reaction to the Ibuprofen and laying in his hospital bed. Her post has been shared more than 430,000 times and counting. Not only that, but the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has since said both parents and doctors need greater awareness of the small but significant risk ibuprofen carries in chickenpox cases.”
“It was only wen we took Lewis to Alder Hey because the doctors from our hospital kept sending him home saying it was ‘just chicken pox’ we found this out. He ended up with septicaemia and was admitted straight to Alder Hey as soon as we arrived there.”
Symptoms of septicaemia include: sudden high fever with chills; nausea, vomiting and diarrhea; abdominal pain; shortness of breath; and rapid heart rate. It can be treated with antibiotics, but early treatment is essential.
“Only because we persevered an took Lewis to a children’s hospital off our own back was he ok. This could have ended up so much worse if it wasn’t for those doctors at septicaemia and their advice, care and knowledge. Only use CALPOL 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??”
Because of Hayley’s public outcry, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended that ibuprofen is no longer used for chickenpox. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health now says both parents and doctors need greater awareness of the small but significant risk ibuprofen carries in chickenpox cases.
Parents across the world are praising Hayley for speaking out in an effort to stop this from happening to any other children.
“I’m so thankful to everyone for sharing the post so that something will now be done about it,” she wrote on Facebook. “These medical professionals are now going to ensure that all doctors know the risks and hopefully they’ll no longer prescribe it. I will not stop raising awareness until these types of medicines are labelled with the risks of this being prescribed to someone with Chickenpox.
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