Although this can also happen to adults, hives, also known as Urticaria, is a reaction of the immune system or a form of allergic reaction commonly seen in children. Hives can be dangerous but will depend on the symptoms that will be seen.
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. your skin will become red, swollen and itchy when exposed with allergens because the body releases chemicals such as histamine.
Appearance of rashes all over the body that are seen individually or in groups is the first sign seen in most hive cases. 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. Record up until you have found out the single reason why your child is having the hives.
How to cure 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). Caution must be exercised when giving these medications because it can make your child drowsy. there are non-sedating types of antihistamines like Claritin, Zyrtec, Clarinex and Allegra. these non-sedating antihistamines are used when your child already has experience hives for a long time lasting even 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 – relieve itch by using this alkaline solution
Drinking Tea – Tea have soothing effects and it can calm the nerves. You can drink Peppermint, Chamomile, or Catnip tea.
Submerging in Baking Soda and Cornstarch – if you want to be relieved, you bath in the tub filled with water and adding a ½ cup of cornstarch and ½ cup of baking soda.
Massage the Trapezius points – another way to relax is by massaging this muscle which would help you relax and get rid of the skin patches that can be seen.
Hopefully, we have learned many things about the hives that children usually experience. Remember that if symptoms persist and you’re still having a hard time determining what causes these allergies, consult a doctor.
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