What Do Hives Look Like on a Baby?

Hives is a common skin condition that can be caused by bug bites, medications, food allergies, and more. If you suspect your baby has hives, learn how to spot the symptoms, how to treat her, and when to call a doctor.


[MUSIC] Hives are raised, pale red, or flesh colored bumps or welts. Common causes include bug bites or stings. New medication or allergies to shellfish or nuts. They can also come from chemicals, extreme temperatures, infections, or even stress they can appear anywhere either as individual marks or spots blending together and can change size and shape over hours. Hives usually itch and sometimes swell and burn. They can last a few hours, or weeks. Gently was the effected area with mild cleanser and luke warm water, in case there is still an irritating substance. For itch, use a cold pack for 20 minutes, or run a cool bath. If hives persist after a few hours. Try an antihistamine, but call your doctor before giving medicine to an infant or toddler. See your pediatrician if the hives last more than a few days or recur. Call 911 for any of these symptoms, facial or lip swelling, difficulty breathing, dizziness or fainting. Luckily, hives are not contagious, and your child can interact with others as soon as he's up to it. [MUSIC]

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