Q7. What are hives?

A7. Hives are itchy, swollen welts which appear on the skin, usually as a result of an allergic reaction. Examples of these include pollen, insect bites and pet fur. Hives appear as an outbreak on your baby’s skin - usually as a cluster, and stay there from a few minutes through to several hours. This outbreak then disappears only to reappear on another part of the body. This pattern can last for up to 6 weeks at a time. This rash develops in different shapes and sizes with each welt having a white centre surrounded by a red border.

This rash is not contagious and can be treated at home. But if your baby experiences shortness of breath, wheezing and a swollen throat then emergency medical treatment is required. Hives are also known as urticaria.

Find out more in our hives section.

FAQS Index : Guide to Baby Skin Rashes

FAQs Intro

  1. Why do babies develop skin rashes?
  2. What are the most common skin rashes in babies?
  3. What is cradle cap?
  4. What is baby acne?
  5. What is baby eczema?
  6. What is heat rash?
  7. What are hives?
  8. What is urticaria?
  9. What are milia?
  10. What is impetigo?
  11. What types of birthmarks do babies get?
  12. What causes chickenpox?
  1. What causes measles?
  2. Can babies get German measles (rubella)?
  3. What is ringworm?
  4. Can babies develop psoriasis?
  5. What is scabies?
  6. What is roseola?
  7. What are viral skin rashes?
  8. Does my baby have a wart?
  9. What is the treatment for baby skin rashes?
  10. Why is the MMR vaccine controversial?
  11. Can you prevent baby skin rashes?

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