Not really sure what else to title this one. :)
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.