When you first ask yourself “why do my kids get hives,” it can be disconcerting. After all, you love your children to distraction, and dying if they were allergic to something or another was never part of the plan. Don’t worry, allergies aren’t usually directly life-threatening and over time, most people outgrow them. But there are a lot of things that could make your child break out into an uncomfortable rash.
Have you ever wondered why my kid gets hives? I did too. I wondered about it for almost a year before I figured out what was going on.
Hives are a common skin rash that can appear on the skin for various reasons. Hives are also known as urticaria, and they can be triggered by certain foods, medications, or allergens.
Hives are caused by the release of histamine in the body, which causes inflammation and swelling. Histamine is released when your child has an allergic reaction to something. It is important to understand the difference between hives and other types of rashes.
The most common symptoms of hives include:
- A raised red rash that often appears suddenly
- Flushed cheeks or face (especially on smaller children)
- Swollen lymph nodes (glands) in the neck or armpits
It’s not uncommon for children to get hives, and it’s usually not a big deal. It happens when their immune system overreacts to something in the environment like pollen or animal dander and sends out histamine-producing cells called mast cells. The histamines cause the skin to swell up and become red, so you can see the little red spots all over your child’s body.
The most common triggers for hives (called urticaria) are:
• Insect stings
• Food allergies
• Exercise (especially if you exercise in hot or humid weather)
Why Does My Kid Get Hives?
It’s a common sight: your kid gets hives and starts to scratch, and you’re at a loss for what to do. But don’t worry we’ve got you covered!
Hives are red, raised welts on the skin that itch like crazy. They can develop anywhere on the body but are most commonly found on the arms and legs. They’re harmless, but they can be very uncomfortable for your kid, who may be scratching so much that they draw blood.
There are a few different reasons why your kid might get hives:
- Allergies to foods like peanuts, tree nuts, or milk
- An allergic reaction to something in the environment (like pet dander) or an insect bite
- Medicines like aspirin or ibuprofen (if your child has been taking these regularly)
- Stress or emotional trauma (this is usually temporary)
Few things you can do to help ease the Itching and Swelling
Hives are a common skin reaction, and they can be triggered by an allergen or an infection. They’re also sometimes brought on by stress or anxiety. The good news is that hives aren’t harmful, and they usually go away on their own within a few hours.
If your child has hives, there are a few things you can do to help ease the itching and swelling:
1. Cool compresses will help relieve some of the swelling and discomfort. You can apply crushed ice or cold wet towels or washcloths to the affected areas for about 10 minutes at a time.
2. Wearing loose-fitting clothing will help prevent chafing and irritation from rubbing against your child’s skin while they’re scratching all over their body like crazy trying to stop the itching!
3. Antihistamines may help reduce itching and swelling as well as relieve any associated symptoms such as fever or nausea; talk with your doctor about whether this is right for your child’s specific case!