Ibuprofen is pretty regularly thought of as a cure-all for various ailments. I myself take Ibuprofen at least once a week to get rid of a headache or back pain. The drug is so popular, in fact, that there’s a children’s version of it available over-the-counter. That said, sometimes Ibuprofen should not be taken.
Hayley realized this after her son, Lewis, came down with chicken pox. Her doctors told her to give him Ibuprofen, since the drug is an anti-inflammatory.
However, when she did this Lewis’s health began to decline and the pox only grew worse, becoming painful for her son. She took him to the hospital and learned that he’d developed septicaemia (more commonly known as sepsis).
He, luckily, was able to make a full recovery, but if Hayley hadn’t reacted quickly, her son would have died. This is a common error that happens frequently, but Ibuprofen should not be used with chicken pox.