Hives is a form of allergic reaction or a reaction of the immune system common in children but can also happen to an adult that have a history of this reaction. the danger of having hives totally depends on the symptoms that will be experienced.
Hives can start from a simple reaction to an allergen such as medicine, food (most common in legumes, soya, peanuts and milk), insect bites, pollen, stress and even changes in temperature (can be too cold or to hot) and many more. Exposing oneself to allergens can trigger the release of chemicals such histamine which will cause your skin to become red, swollen and itchy.
The first sign of Hives that you will notice is the appearance of rashes that can either be alone or in groups/clumps. It varies in sizes and one bout shouldn’t really last more than twenty for hours. When trying to determine the cause of the hive, take note of the things that your child have been exposed to such as the activities that he participated as well as the food and the medication he is taking. keep repeating the process until you single out one cause of your child’s hives.
How to treat hives
Hives in children is usually treated with Diphenhydramine or Benadryl and is one of the common treatments for hives. Other people prefer using Hydroxyzine (or Atarax) or Cyproheptadine (Periactin). these medications can make your child drowsy and extra care must be observed when giving these medications. If you want, you can use Claritin, Clarinex, Allegra, Zyrtec because these won’t make your kid sedated. these are especially recommended as hives treatment especially if it has already gone on for too long, like longer than six weeks.
You can also use some of the home remedies to treat the symptoms of hive.
Col Compression – try putting something cold on the area where it itches
Milk of Magnesia – a solution you can find at home that will relieve itch
Drinking tea – you can select between Catnip, Chamomile or Peppermint tea as a way to calm and soothe the nerves.
Soaking in Corn Starch & Baking Soda – fill a tub with warm water, add ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of corn starch. Soak yourself once a day or until you feel relief.
Massage the Trapezius points – get rid also of the skin patches by massaging the muscles between the shoulder and the neck. Do this by applying pressure.
Follow the identified treatment for hives so that your kid will no longer have a hard time. again, please be reminded that if the hives has already lasted for a long time, it is best to consult your family doctor for check-up.
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