When your child’s body shows signs of an unexpected skin reaction, such as breaking out in hives, it’s important to get them the right care. What should you do if your child develops hives, with raised bumps or welts appearing on their skin?
Dr. Ulin Sargeant and the team at Monrovia Internal Medicine & Primary Care provide urgent care treatment to adult and pediatric patients. When you see hives on your child’s skin, use this helpful guide to determine your next steps. Reach out to Dr. Sargeant at her Duarte, California, office if you need further guidance on the care your child needs for hives.
Hives are a common skin reaction in kids. Breaking out in hives often indicates exposure to a trigger, such as an allergen. You can spot hives anywhere on your child’s skin. They can look like large welts, connected bumps, little blotches, or small raised spots. Hives may appear as reddened areas of skin or may have a white area in the center.
Hives can result from several root causes. Your child’s skin might be showing an allergic reaction, or reacting to other triggers such as stress, temperature extremes, exposure to chemicals, pressure on the skin, or an illness or infection.
An outbreak of hives can last for a few hours and fade away, but hives can also be long-lasting. If your child gets hives daily or almost every day for six weeks or more, they’re considered chronic hives.
Home care for hives
Mild cases of hives often resolve on their own without the need for a visit to the doctor. If you’re not sure whether your child needs to see a doctor for their hives, a telemedicine consultation with Dr. Sargeant can save you anxiety and hassle.
For mild hives, at-home care may involve reducing or eliminating your child’s exposure to an identified trigger or an antihistamine medication to reduce itchiness. It’s possible that your child’s body just needs a break to settle down and stop reacting, and the hives will disappear.
When to seek medical attention for hives
While it’s rare for hives to be an emergency medical situation, hives can be a sign of something serious and you may need to take immediate action.
Call 911 for emergency care right away if:
- Your child breaks out in hives after exposure to a new medication, a bee sting, or a food that’s known to cause allergies
- Your child breaks out in hives right after being exposed to a trigger that’s previously caused a severe allergic reaction in them
- Your child’s hives are sudden and are accompanied by facial swelling, trouble breathing, coughing, dizziness, or fainting
If you’re certain your child’s hives aren’t an emergency situation but they still seem severe and rest and at-home treatments don’t seem to be helping, contact Dr. Sargeant. With support from the team at MIMPC, you can keep your child’s skin, and the rest of their body, healthy and happy.
For more information about what to do for hives in children, contact Dr. Sargeant and the Monrovia Internal Medicine & Primary Care team today via our virtual office.