A young British mother warns about the dangers of ibuprofen in children suffering from chicken pox. It publishes photos of his son hospitalized to alert parents, doctors and health authorities.
Chicken pox and ibuprofen: a MOM launches the alert
© Screenshot - Hayley Lyons
Attention to the ibuprofen for varicella. Hayley Lyons, young mother English, lance alert on Facebook by publishing pictures of her baby boy Lewis. To soothe the symptoms of its varicella (fever and headache), doctors prescribe Lewis of Nurofen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine containing ibuprofen. Unexpected result: varicella of the little boy buttons turn into blisters. Shortly after, Lewis was hospitalized for septicemia, a generalized infection of the blood.
Ibuprofen and aspirin banned for varicella
Hayley Lyons decided to post pictures of his son on Facebook, accompanied by thefollowing message: "Please, do not give Nurofen/ibuprofen your children for chicken pox. This type of medication is part of anti-inflammatories, which react with chickenpox by penetrating farther into the tissue." The young mother asked pharmaceutical companies to carry out awareness-raising campaigns and add a warning to the instructions for use. The message has already been shared near 350 000 times and the British health authorities reacted by declaring that they officially advised the prescription of ibuprofen in children suffering from chicken pox.
In France, Caisse Primaire d'Assurance Maladie warns on its website Ameli in case offevers and pain during chickenpox, "only the paracetamol is permitted" and that "nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin are prohibited". When questioned by the Manchester Evening News newspaper, Haylay Lyons said that Lewis was going well. "This happened 10 months ago but he still has scars."