Hives (urticaria) is a sudden outbreak
of red, itchy, and swollen areas on the skin. This condition often happens as an
allergic reaction from eating certain foods or taking certain medicines. In some cases
the cause is not known. Hives can vary in size from one-half inch to several inches in
size. Hives can show up all over the body or just on one part of the body.
Causes of hives in children include food, medicines, and other triggers. Common causes
Other types of hives include:
Anyone can get hives. But children with allergies are at a greater risk.
These are the most common signs of hives in children:
Hives can be diagnosed by your child’s
healthcare provider. Your child will first complete a full health history and physical
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general
health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
best treatment is for your child to stay away from known triggers. If the hives were
caused by a medicine, your child should strictly stay away from that medicine.
child’s healthcare provider may also prescribe:
your child is having trouble breathing, the healthcare provider might use a shot of
epinephrine. This helps decrease the swelling and itching. Your child’s provider may
show you how to use an emergency kit that has epinephrine. This can be kept near your
child in case of future episodes. Discuss this with your child’s provider.
If your child’s symptoms get worse or he or she has new symptoms, talk with your child’s healthcare provider.
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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