Friday, July 24, 2015
Yipes--the kid is bumpy!
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.