Hives in children

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An overview of the causes, symptoms and treatment of hives — the raised, itchy, red swellings that can appear on the skin.

Key points

  • Hives are raised, itchy, red swellings of different sizes that appear on the skin and can move around the skin.
  • Seek medical assistance right away if you suspect the hives are a symptom of anaphylaxis.
  • Infections, such as viruses, or allergic reactions to medications, food or other allergens often cause hives.
  • An oral antihistamine can usually ease the hives.
  • See your child's doctor if your child keeps getting hives.
Last updated: March 23rd 2021