Hives in children

  About hives:

Seeing red spots on your child’s skin can be scary, especially if you do not know the reason behind it. These red spots are called hives. Hives is the layman term for urticaria. They are formed usually due to allergies of the skin. They are also caused when there is excessive amount of histamine that is created in the body. These hives are red spots that are itchy and make the skin inflamed. They usually have a lifespan of 4-5 days, but the new hives replace the old hives after they have completed their lifespan. The two different levels of hives are:

Hives in children

  1. Chronic hives
  2. Acute hives

Chronic hives take a longer time to heal and are recurring. They stay for more than 6 weeks at a time. The reason for these hives is also unknown.

Acute hives last for less than 6 weeks. The reason for most of the acute hives is known.

Causes of hives in children:

  • Foodstuffs like shellfish, tree nuts and milk that contain histamine
  • Medications and allergy shots
  • Pollen grains
  • Insect bites
  • Pets and other animals
  • Infections contracted through others
  • Stress levels
  • Exposure to sun
  • Extreme weathers
  • Scratching
  • Contact with chemicals

Signs and symptoms:

The most basic symptoms of the hives are raised red patches on the skin that are itchy and swollen. They change shape in a matter of hours. If the child also suffers from angioedema, there may be swollen eyes, lips, hands, feet etc. Some people who have both hives as well as angioedema suffer from anaphylactic shocks that include drop in blood pressure, dizziness, blackouts as well as difficulty in breathing.


Non sedative drugs can help you get yourself cured from hives. Sedating drugs should be administered only in cases if the child has problems sleeping. These sedative drugs can cause drowsiness that is not appropriate when the child is active.

Some of the homeopathic treatments for mild hives are:

  1. Use of cold wet clothes

Use cold wet clothes to help you reduce the inflamed skin on your body as well as to reduce the itchiness on the body. Use this cold cloth for at least 15 minutes at a stretch and repeat the process after every 2 hours. If itchiness prevails you can take a cold water bath to help reduce the itchiness.

  1. Aloe vera

Use of aloe vera on the skin helps in reducing hives as well as reducing the itchiness on the skin. Aloe vera is the best herb for any skin related disease. Not only aloe vera helps in healing the inflamed skin, but it also helps in protecting the adjacent skin from attacks.

  1. Herbal antihistamine

Histamine is the protein that causes hives in children Use of antihistamines helps in controlling the disease and spread to the other parts of the body. Basil leaves can also be used to reduce the swelling and inflamed part of the skin. Basil leaves need to be warmed before putting them on the skin.

  1. Oatmeal baths

To reduce the itchiness of the skin you can take a cold bath. This bath is only suited if your body does not react to cold water drastically. Oatmeal baths are the most preferred way of reducing the itchiness if you are covered in hives in the lower part of the body especially the legs.

  1. Exercises

Exercise daily to reduce the body fluids by 2-3lbs and regain the body water by drinking 3 lbs of water after workout. Also reduce the intake of sodium, which restricts sweating of the body.

See more about how to get rid of hives naturally here.