Friday, July 24, 2015

Yipes--the kid is bumpy!

Hives are common--I have had them. All of a sudden you get a soft pillowy itchy rash or bump. Then another...

This can go away in minutes or hours. But with children, they may not want to wait.

The causes can be almost anything your largest organ--the skin--decides it does not like--dust, animals, medication, viruses, exercise, stress, cold temps. insect bites, pollen, sun.

To care for your child at home--consider using an oral antihistamine, such as Benadryl. Check doses carefully.

Apply a cool washcloth.

Keep the child's fingernails short and distract the kid from scratching.

If they are really suffering, try a lukewarm oatmeal bath for 10 mins or so. You can get colloidal oatmeal at the drugstore.

Keep the child in loose-fitting cotton clothes.

In summer, turn up the air.

If you know what caused the hives, avoid it. (Duh.)

Also obvious--if the child has trouble breathing or vomits, go to the ER.

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