Hives (Children)

Medically Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on November 01, 2021
1 min read
  • Has sudden hives with swelling in the face, difficulty breathing or coughing, dizziness, or fainting
  • Has hives after being exposed to a substance that caused a serious allergic reaction before
  • Develops hives after a bee sting, new medication, or exposure to a highly allergenic food, such as peanuts
  • You have any concerns
  • The hives seem severe
  • Home treatment isn't helping

An antihistamine formulated for children may help with swelling and itching. Call a pediatrician before using an antihistamine in infants or toddlers.

  • If the hives are on one part of your child's body, they may have been triggered by something that got on their skin. Wash off your child's body with soap and water.
  • Change your child's clothes.
  • Apply calamine lotion, 1% hydrocortisone cream, or a mixture of baking soda and water for itch.
  • Put your child in a cool bath for 10 minutes.
  • Put a cold compress or cold pack on itchy areas.

If your child's symptoms seem to be getting worse, call a doctor.