It is always hard for parents to watch their children suffer through a fever or the flu. That is why so many parents will give their kids the children’s versions of well-known medicines like Children’s Motrin or Children’s Tylenol to relieve the symptoms. The problem is that some of the children that are given these popular pain relievers and fever reducers are getting Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), which is far worse.
SJS is a painful disorder that occurs when a severe allergic reaction to a medication causes the patients to suffer from painful blisters, spreading rashes and lesions. It starts with a rash, sore throat, fever and headache but it can quickly get much worse. Kids that have SJS can get bleeding lips, eyes, nasal passages and mouth. SJS causes the mucus membranes to become inflamed.
Should your child react badly to taking Children’s Motrin, their skin can also slough off. If the case is severe enough, it can progress into Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TENS). Children that have this condition are often prone to infections and this makes the child a lot more likely to die from the condition. Those that survive can end up with permanent conditions such as:
- Lung Damage
- Repeated Surgeries
- Scar tissue from the symptoms
Because of these harmful and sometimes permanent consequences from SJS due to Children’s Motrin, many lawsuits have been filed against the makers of the drug, McNeil Laboratories. If your insurance doesn’t cover the treatment, you may be eligible for compensation. If your child has been experiencing any or a combination of the symptoms mentioned above, you should speak to your doctor immediately. Your child’s age doesn’t matter as children as young as 3 months old have been diagnosed with SJS. If this is the case for your child, you should contact a law firm like mine that has experience dealing with SJS cases in children. I specialize in helping parents like you get the compensation for your child’s medical expenses that you deserve.