How To Treat Hives In Toddlers

Known as welts or urticaria, hives are inflamed area on the skin. Hives can occur in various sizes and shapes, and are well defined with a central, raised area. There is a red border around the inflammation. Hives cause itching.

Toddlers may have hives that disappear within a few minutes or within an hour. Sometimes hives can last for a long time, or even last for months, Hives are not contagious.

Causes of hives in toddler

What causes hives in toddlers?


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When the body releases a chemical called histamine, there is an outbreak of hives. This chemical can be released because of several reasons.

  • Stings and insect bites: Your child might be allergic to certain insects, and insect bites and stings can lead to hives.
  • Food: Foods can cause hives too. Your toddler might pop something into his mouth that might trigger the release of histamine. Some of the foods that cause hives include food additives, tomatoes, berries, milk, fish, chocolate, shellfish, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts. The child might break out in hives because of the body's reaction to a certain chemical in the food product or because of the protein in the food.
  • Allergens: Certain allergens like pollen, or animal fur can cause an outbreak of hives.
  • Illness: A bacterial infection, a viral infection or a cold can cause hives too.
  • Temperature: Sudden changes in temperatures and cold temperatures can also cause hives.

  • Drugs: If your toddler is on antibiotics or on some other medications, then one of those could trigger of an outbreak of hives too.

Treatment for Hives in Toddlers

  • As we've discussed before, toddlers can get hives because they are allergic to something like pollen or animal fur. If you feel that these allergens are causing him to break into hives, then give him a bath and wash away the allergen.
  • Cool compresses are a good idea to bring relief.
  • You can apply a calamine lotion on the hives to speed up the healing process and bring relief.
  • Try not to dress your toddler in clothes that are tight in the area where there is n outbreak of hives. Snug fitting clothes in that area can aggravate the itching.
  • If you can find out the cause of the hives, then you can keep your child away from the allergens. For instance, if nuts have caused hives, then you need to avoid giving him nuts.
  • Call a doctor immediately if the child is experiencing respiratory problems such as shortness of breath, wheezing, or inflammation of the tongue
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