It is estimated that up to 20% of children worldwide experience hives at least once per year. Hives are more common in younger children than adults, and it is estimated that 5-10% of children aged 0-6 experience hives within any given year.

If you need more information on toddler hives treatment in Florida or are unsure as to whether or not your child is suffering from this condition, please contact Night Lite Pediatrics directly.

What are pediatric hives?

Hives are skin rashes caused by an allergic reaction. It is usually triggered by something that the child has come into contact with, such as food, medication or an environmental factor.

When a rash appears anywhere on the body, it can range from small patches to large areas of raised bumps. Hives can be very itchy and uncomfortable for the child but usually do not cause any serious health problems.

In some cases, a doctor may prescribe a topical steroid cream to reduce inflammation. If the hives are severe or last for more than a few days, it is important to seek medical advice.

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Common causes of pediatric hives

The exact cause of hives in children is often difficult to determine. However, the most common causes are allergies to foods, medications or environmental factors such as pollen or animal dander. In some cases, hives can also be caused by a viral infection, such as hand, foot and mouth disease.

Hives can also be caused by insect bites and poison ivy.

Hives can also be caused by physical stimuli such as pressure, heat, cold, or sun exposure. Causing what’s called a heat rash or prickly heat rash. In addition, hives can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, such as an autoimmune disorder or a thyroid problem.

Symptoms of pediatric hives

The most common symptom of hives include:

  • raised, red bumps on the child’s skin (bumps can be very itchy and may also be painful)
  • swelling in areas of the body, such as around the eyes or lips
  • dry skin
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • fever
  • headache
  • difficulty breathing

Hives can last for several hours, days or even weeks. If your child experiences any of these symptoms, it is important to seek urgent medical care right away.

Risks / Complications of pediatric hives

An allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention. Anaphylaxis can cause difficulty breathing, swelling in the throat and lips, and decreased blood pressure.

Other complications of hives can include skin infections, which can occur if the hives are scratched or irritated.

If your child has any of these symptoms after having hives, seek urgent medical attention.

Hives diagnosed

In order to diagnose hives, a doctor will likely perform a physical exam and may order blood work or other tests to help diagnose the cause.

Hives in children's treatment

Hives treated in young patients can be tricky as they typically require more careful monitoring and management. In general, children’s hives treatment’s primary goal is to reduce hives’ symptoms and prevent further outbreaks.

Treatment for hives in toddler and babies include:

Avoid Potential Allergens

The first step in treating hives in young patients is to identify potential allergens and avoid them. This can be done through skin testing or by eliminating certain foods or environmental triggers from the patient’s diet and lifestyle.


Antihistamines can be used to reduce itching, swelling, and redness associated with hives. It is important to choose the right type and dose of antihistamine for the patient’s age and weight.

Topical Steroids

Topical corticosteroids are often used in the treatment of hives in young patients. These can be applied directly to the affected areas to reduce swelling and itching.

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What is the cost of pediatric hives treatment?

The total treatment costs for pediatric hives will typically depend on the severity of the condition, if additional tests such as blood tests are required, and the decided-upon treatment plan.

We also accept most major medical health insurance policies and self-pay options.

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Below you can find a list of common questions and answers regarding pediatric hives.

Firstly to treat hives in toddlers due to an allergic reaction is to identify and avoid the allergen that caused the reaction.

If the allergen cannot be identified or avoided, the doctor may prescribe antihistamines.

The best medicine for chronic hives in children will depend on the severity of their condition.

Possible treatments include antihistamines, corticosteroids, other medications, and lifestyle changes to reduce exposure to triggers.

A severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis, can cause difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat and tongue, dizziness, and loss of consciousness.

Hives are a common symptom of an allergic reaction. Allergic reactions can cause hives on the skin in response to an allergen.

Yes, a virus can give a child hives. Viruses such as Epstein-Barr, cytomegalovirus, and human parvovirus can cause hives in children.

If your child’s hives last longer than six weeks, appear suddenly and without any obvious trigger, or if the hives are accompanied by other symptoms such as a fever, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, or swelling of the face, lips, or tongue, then you should be concerned and seek urgent care.

This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.


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