What is it? Your child may not be acting as sweet as honey if an outbreak of these raised, red, itchy bumps and welts appear on the skin. Hives typically resemble a patch of mosquito bites.
Age to expect it. Hives can affect children of any age.
How long until it goes away? The quicker you determine what is causing the hives, the quicker they can be treated and disappear. A short case of hives could last up to a week, but they can also last between six weeks and a couple of months if not treated properly.
Parts of body most affected. Any part of the body can be affected, but most often face, hands, and torso.
Time of year to watch out for it. Anytime.
What causes it? There are a multitude of reasons why hives could be making a cameo, including allergies to medication, foods, detergents, or underlying illness or infection.
Helpful hints. Determining what is causing the hives and eliminating the allergen is the most effective way to get rid of them.
Home remedy hint. While it won’t cure hives, adding a little oatmeal into bath water will help alleviate the itching. Bonus: Swimming in a bowl of oatmeal may just get your little one excited about bath time.
When to consult a doctor. See a doctor to determine what is causing your child’s hives, since there are a variety of factors that could have led to the outbreak. Doctors can also prescribe antihistamines, steroids, or topical creams that will help.
Medical myths debunked. Hold off on storming the pantry! While some hive outbreaks are food-related, it is not always the cause, so don’t go mad eliminating a ton of food from your child’s diet without consulting your doctor.