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Hives


Hives are a common skin reaction in children.  Hives can appear anywhere on the body, as a bumpy, warm, itchy, pink rash, often with a pale center. The shape of the bumps can vary, and their size can range from about one-half inch to several inches in diameter.  Hives are usually caused by allergies - triggered by foods like shellfish, milk or chocolate. Other triggers include: insect bites, viruses or medicines such as penicillin. It’s often impossible to determine the exact cause of hives. Regardless, mild cases often don’t require significant medical treatment and your pediatrician may simply advise you to give your child a cool bath or an antihistamine to ease itching. In severe cases, your child may have immediate swelling in the throat making speaking or even breathing difficult. If that happens, call 9-1-1 right away, and then call your pediatrician. The good news - most cases of hives last less than a week.


The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
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