Saturday, March 10, 2012

I hate hives!

I'm just writing this post to vent a little and perhaps find some solace in any comments or experiences you have had with hives. 

On Thursday, we picked up Connor at daycare and I rushed him to emergency.  His eye was swollen shut and he had red welts all over his body.  We quickly discovered it was hives and he was given some Benadryl and a steroid.  Things improved and I expected them to keep improving but no such luck.  If we go for more than 4 hours without more Benadryl, the hives are back in full force...not good considering we can only give it to him every 6 hours.  (He is also taking other medication as well.)

As a concerned Mom, I took him back to the hospital last night and found out this case of hives could last several more days.  Poor little guy!  He's all drugged up and the hives just keep coming back...they are adventurous things as they pop up all over his body and seem to move around.  Apparently this is normal...I have no clue as it's the first time I've really seen them up close.  I just want his body to get back to normal and hope this doesn't become a regular occurrence.

On the upside, we had awesome experiences with the nurses and doctors at Regina General and I wanted to give them a shout out for the amazing work they do especially with three year olds.  They were patient and helpful and did not trivialize my concerns at any time.  I am happy to be holding an auction on my blog to help support the NICU at the very same hospital...not the same department by any means but a service well worth supporting as a whole.

I'd love to hear some hives stories or experiences if you'd had any you could share!  I want to know how long it took to go away and if it was a one-time occurrence or became frequent.  Also, did you ever find out why they occurred? 


  1. My 13 months old had hives all over her body, rushed her to the ER they said it's normal, probably a virus. It only lasted few days and went away. She was on antibiotics for 10 days but the doctors don't think it's from the medication. But to be safe we have an appoinetment with the allergy doctor on the 15th so we'll see.. I hope she's not allergic to antiobiotics. I felt so bad for her, they were itchy. Hope your lil boy gets better soon.

  2. Aww. I hope your son feels better soon. Hives are so itchy!

    My sister got them when she was a little tyke too. It was awful. The doctor decided she had allergies, and my sister went for allergy tests and was allergic to almost everything. My mom was pretty upset because she couldn't feed her much. 6 months later my parents took her back for testing, and she wasn't allergic to a single thing and the hives never came back. Weird. My mother was dumbfounded.

    I got a bad case like your son when I was a toddler as well. It ended up being a new laundry detergent that my mom tried. I had hives for days and was very uncomfortable. My mom switched back, and I was ok after that.

    I started getting hives again in my early 20s. I ended up having a few very bad allergic reactions. I got tested and have a serious soy allergy. When I get hives now, it means I need to take my Benadryl right away. My allergist told me that she and other doctors preferred Benadryl because it seemed to help the most and the quickest with the symptoms. It does make me pretty drugged up and sleepy though. I have been given steroids too in the past and an epipen.

    I'm not a doctor, but it seems like the treatment they gave your son was ''normal'. I think it's so scary when the little ones get sick, and I would be looking for answers too. I'm sure that you have read all about it, but I'll post this anyhow for people that want to know a bit more. It has some interesting information.

  3. Your poor son! From what I hear hives are so itchy and irksome. I have never had any but my mother started getting them about a year ago. Hers aren't super bad but they are HUGE, red, and itchy. She'll get them almost anywhere (scalp, arms, legs, face) and she just takes Benadryl and eventually they recede. She's never been tested but whenever she gets stressed or sick they are sure to pop up. We've wondered if it's because she has low-sodium and therefore has to have lots of salt that her sweat isn't irritating her. Either way, they are not fun! Here's hoping for a speedy recovery and hopefully you're able to find out the cause of those pests.

  4. I hope they didn' last for too much longer - poor little guy

  5. Thanks for the comments ladies. I read them shortly after I posted this but was busy dealing with everything and didn't have a chance to respond. Your responses were appreciated!

  6. I found your blog because this just happened to my four year old son. We went to the ER last night and he received a shot of Benadryl and a steroid. I was just curious how long your soon ended up having them and have they ever reoccurred.

    Thanks for posting, there is something reassuring about someone else going through the same thing you are, I have been a wreak all night :(


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