Does your toddler have hives? What hives look like and top tips

Does your toddler have hives? What hives look like and top tips *

Eric got the pox when he was only 6 months old, we were on holiday at the time. But most recently, he had hives. At first I was so confused and thought he was chicken pox again. He was so uncomfortable, bless him, and it really knocked him back. Turns out it was hives.

I never did know much about Hives before he had it; I assumed it was something older people had and not something kids get. I was wrong, though. Hives is nothing to be scared about, but it is worth being aware of what they look like and they can affect your little one.

What do hives look like?

Hives can resemble insect bites. They may be red or inflamed, but can also appear as smooth, raised, flesh coloured bumps or markings. Sound difficult to tell when it is hives on your little one? When hives are pressed, the markings may turn pale or white.

Hives become larger and appear in batches or clusters.

Eric started with just one or two on his arm. I thought he had scratched himself, or something similar. It didn’t occur to me it could have been hives until they started to spread on the same arm and then on his hand, in clusters or 3 or 5. They were red, raised but turned pale when we touched or pressed them firmly; as it mentions above.

What do hives feel like?

Hives are itchy and they burn, sting and swell. Hives can disappear and reappear, making it tricky to see how many there are on the affected area at one time.

My Med says: “Hives can affect any and every portion of the body, but are more common on the facial area, neck, arms, fingers, hands, legs, toes and feet.”

Eric had hives on his hands and left arm. Luckily they didn’t spread anymore, but my mum has had Hives. She had a worst case and they did spread onto her chest, face and neck.

What to do when your kid has hives

Don’t panic! Hives usually settle down within a few days and can be treated at home.

Hives can be treated easily and a pharmacist can give advice. Antihistamines will help ease the symptoms. But do see your GP if they last longer than 2 days with symptoms not easing, the hives spread rapidly or your child has a fever.

Treating Hives

Lots of cuddles, tv time and rest helped Eric feel better. We had to make sure that tight clothes were not covering the Hives and heat made them more uncomfortable for him.

A soothing cream recommended from the pharmacist, along with antihistamines really helped, too.

Here’s some other ways parents have treated their kids with hives at home:

  • Loose clothing. Jess, “My two lived in their soft baggy pyjamas. Rough or tight clothing can aggravate the spots and make them more itchy”
  • Katie: “Lots of calamine cream apply often. Baths help, staying hydrated and make sure you cut their nails if they do scratch!”
  • Liberty: “I put bicarbonate of soda into the bath water to sooth the itch and gave them calpol to relieve the fever and pain for hives”
  • Jaymee: “Oatbaths worked a treat for us. Porridge oats in a sock and tied with a band under running water!”
  • Rebecca and Ami both used Virasooth with their children and recommend it… “The only thing that helped was virasoothe spray. You can only buy it from the pharmacy, but it takes down the itching and prevents scarring”

Has your little one had Hives and what helped them?

*This is a sponsored post with, all opinions are my own.

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