Chickenpox: Why Ibuprofen should be avoided

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Chickenpox: Why Ibuprofen should be avoided

Infectious disease, chicken pox is cured automatically and does not require specific treatment. But in addition to itching caused by pimples, young patients can experience pain and fever. To relieve them, only paracetamol is recommended by the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM), provided that the doses adapted to the weight of the child are respected.

Self-medication: If in doubt, consult a health professional

In children, ibuprofen (Nurofen, Advil ...) should be avoided in case of viral infection. Ibuprofen, like aspirin, can in some cases lead to Reye's syndrome, a rare but dangerous condition because it worsens the infection.

Chickenpox: a mother alert to the risk of ibuprofen

In 2016, the call of a young English mother had been widely relayed. For her little boy, chickenpox had turned into a nightmare.

On Facebook, she recounted how her son, who had been brought to the emergency room because of a high fever due to chickenpox, was prescribed Nurofen pediatric by four different doctors.

Problem: This non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug contains ibuprofen. The condition of the little boy was then degraded: greyish complexion, blisters all over the body and many skin reactions all over the body ... he was developing a sepsis, a generalized infection of the body that can be fatal.

Hospitalized, the young Lewis could be saved. But her mother wanted to share her experience on social networks, in order to alert as many parents as possible about this unknown risk.

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