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Friday afternoon, Austin's daycare teacher called me to tell me he woke up with hives all over his body. He's never had hives before but I get them on my face and my grandmother gets them often. Anyway, I wasn't really prepared for what I found. Giant red angry hives:


That's his lower leg. And it was like that all over his arms, legs, and face. When my grandmother & I get hives, they're individual itchy bumps. Not giant patches like this.

Of course, I panicked because I wasn't sure if it was an allergic reaction (to what, I had no idea) but I brought him to the pediatrician and the nurse assured me that hives were very common, and that most of the time they don't know what causes them. She believes this is some sort of virus he's got (nothing serious), and told me to give him Zyrtec. We did, and the hives quickly went away within about 20 minutes. But like clockwork, they've been returning every evening after 22-24 hours. 4 days in a row now of hives.

I wish I knew what was doing this. He doesn't appear to be uncomfortable. We've changed nothing in his diet, detergents, or environment. Nothing at daycare is new. No new foods, no new things to touch. If it's an allergy, I can't figure it out. Because they come on like clockwork, I can't really track anything specific that's making them show up.

Has anyone else dealt with hives in their babies/toddlers? I'd be interested to hear your stories.

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  1. We had this happen around new years with our four year old son. Only, his wash wasn't quite as big/welty. We saw the pediatrician and we had the same thing - nothing has changed. It always showed up around bedtime and the only relief was an oatmeal bath and benadryl.

    We read that the Rx treatment for any kind of bug/scabies is a stronger form of what is in Nix headlice treadment. Even though the resh looked nothing like scabies or any other kind of "bug" we bought the Nix and rubbed it on one arm at bedtime. We checked on him an hour later and he was covered in the rash except for the arm. So, we covered his whole body and the rash went away. The next day, even though his bedding had been changed/washed TWICE throughout all of this, we washed all of his bedding and stuffed animals on the sanitize cycle, we did nothing as far as treating with Nix. The rash ONLY appeared on his face that night. So-we bought an anti-allergen pillow - and we haven't had the rash re-occur since. We went for 3 weeks of battling the rash before we tried these things...so glad that we just went with our gut and treated him with the nix - who knows what caused it - but something between the nix, washing the bedding at a high temp and the new pillow cleared it all up.

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    1. Don't think it's bugs though, I actually had scabies when I was a teen and this looks nothing like it. Nurse also said definitely hives. But I'll keep this in mind. I did change his sheets.

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  2. I dunno if this occurs within a certain time period after being outside? But did the do so an ice cube test? (Just placing an ice cube on the skin for a few minutes)
    I know a couple people who are actually allergic to the cold, and in the winter they get hives after being outside.
    Just a random thought!
    I really hope whatever it is that it clears up for good, but I'm so glad he doesn't seem uncomfortable :-(

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    1. Not cold, it's aggravated by warmth, that I've figured out.

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  3. Aww yes... the random rash. My girl had one last year. COVERED. It looked similar to the one that you showed. It was covering her torso, huge patches of welts...
    My husbands cousin is a pediatric ER doc, and my friend is a nurse in peds too... they both said rashes are weird, they happen, and we'll probably never know for sure why.
    We gave her benedryl. It stopped after a few days... and yep. No idea why... but it's not been back :)

    Freaked me out though!

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    1. It is totally scary when you don't know what's causing it!

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  4. I don't have kids, I haven't heard of any experiences with rashes but I hope your son gets better.

    Rivie @ Bookshelf

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  5. Yep. Been there with both my girls. It's viral. Don't freak yourself out thinking you need to change anything. Just like any virus, you treat the symptoms (in this case, Zyrtec is great to decrease the histamine reaction he is having and any itching) and then you just ride it out. It will let up in another day or two. Just give extra hugs!

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    1. Glad to hear this, thank you! And yes, lots of extra cuddles :)

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  6. My toddler gets the same rash. It's random for no reason that we can figure out. We just ride it out. It doesn't seem to bother him, nor the doctors, so we let it be.

    On another note, you are back to being allowed pinned from. I got an email from Pinterest, so I pinned to make sure. Yipee!!!

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  7. My toddler gets the same rash. It's random for no reason that we can figure out. We just ride it out. It doesn't seem to bother him, nor the doctors, so we let it be.

    On another note, you are back to being allowed pinned from. I got an email from Pinterest, so I pinned to make sure. Yipee!!!

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  8. My 7 year old recently had the same problem,but all over his body and face. The first time it happened we were out and I bought him a hot dog...within 20 minutes he was covered in hives. Within seconds they would dissapear a appear on another part of his body-very strange to see with your own eyes! Like this living thing crawling over his little body. We have put it down to preservatives, sugar ,colourings aditives-all the bad things they dont need any way! Every time he eats hot dogs or too much lollies this happens.

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  9. My daughter has never had them, but I used to get them when I was younger...all over, mostly my legs. And warm clothing seemed to make it worse. I remember them itching...my mom used to put calamine lotion on them to help with the itching. The doctors said it was from eating acidy foods, like orange juice and tomato sauce, but I don't really have that issue anymore (i'm 29). Not really sure why it was happening. Hope your little one got over it quick!

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  10. I am 56 yrs. old and I started getting a rash when I was young, it started in the summer when we were all out swimming in the river. We thought it was poison ivy or something like that. my parents gathered us all up and we started our drive home. In the car on the drive home and wrapped up in towels, it started to go away. But the rash always returned randomly thru the years. We always thought it was an allery of some sort. Pickles, lemons, etc… we paid close attention to what I ate. I have continued to get this rash all the time, but over the years it became clear that it was the cold weather. It happened in the summer, when swimming, I'd get out and lay on the towel, but the breeze would blow gently and because I was wet, it was a little bit cool which was nice not cold to me at all, but it would start with itchy, then redness and then the hives. In the car, the A/C on and as i got cold because of it the itch would start, then redness and again the hives. I don't know if you already have an answer and have just forgotten about it but if you want to know more, email me at beesnroses@yahoo.com Rose R.

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  11. I just typed in a long comment on this . I'm an adult now, 56 yrs. old and I had this same rash which started when I was a child, as itchy, then redness and then hives. I hit publish and then had to verify my phone no. and had to sign in with password. Don't know if it will publish or not, but hate to rewrite all of it again and repeat myself if it went thru. I don't see it though. If you want to know more, email me at beesnroses@yahoo.com Rose R.

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