Hayley Lyons of England treated her son Lewis’ chicken pox with Ibuprofen back in 2015, and the resulting warning to others, gruesome photos attached, has been shared more than 350,000 times.
In case you haven’t seen it, we thought we’d pass it on to you — but be warned, these pictures are, well, very gross.
“Chickenpox is going round again, can I please remind people not to give to your children Neurofen/ibuprofen,” Lyons began according to the U.K. Metro.
She had been given the medication for her son from a doctor at an after-hours clinic. That medication landed her poor son at a children’s hospital.
“This type of medicine is an anti-inflammatory, it reacts with chicken pox making them go deeper into the skin tissue. It was only when we took Lewis to (children’s hospital) 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 (septicemia) and was admitted straight to Alder Hey as soon as we arrived there,” she told the Manchester Evening News.
It was bad, but could have been significantly worse: “Only because we persevered and 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 Alder Hey and their advice, care and knowledge.”
Fortunately for young Lewis, he made a complete recovery, with a couple of scars to remind him of the ordeal.
“It does actually state on the Neurofen website not to take this medicine with chicken pox. But when our doctors prescribe it, who are we to question it?” Lyons said.
And the answer is, well, you’re his parent. Let that serve as a reminder to parents everywhere — read up on what you are putting in your and your child’s bodies.
Dr. Stephanie Smith, a pediatrician, explained that research into the link between the medicine and the disease was being done. She told the Metro: “There’s a recognition that ibuprofen has a link with skin reactions in children with chicken pox.”
The Manchester Evening News did a little further research, and found a warning that’s easy to see.
“Do NOT give aspirin or ibuprofen to someone who may have chickenpox. Use of aspirin has been associated with a serious condition called Reyes syndrome. Ibuprofen has been associated with more severe secondary infections,” the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus website stated.
Hopefully, this will serve as a timely warning for other families.
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