February 2, 2010

How To Treat Hives In Babies Using Home Remedies?

Posted in Category : Child Health

Medically known as urticaria, hives is an allergic skin reaction that is triggered by an irritant ingested through food, drink or medicines or inhaled through the air. The characteristic symptom of this disorder is the sudden appearance of round, red, swollen welts on the skin that spread rapidly, especially across the limbs and the trunk. These skin patches are quite itchy and may vary in size, often disappearing and reappearing within a matter of hours. Painful skin lesions of various shapes and sizes may also appear. The primary reason behind the appearance of the inflamed patches on the skin is the production of the chemical histamine in certain parts of the body due to contact with an allergen. This problem can be quite distressing in infants and toddlers, as they may cause difficulty in swallowing and breathing, increased heartbeat, dizziness and even loss of consciousness. Infants who have been suffering from some kind of illness for a while are especially vulnerable to hives. Among foods that can trigger this reaction are shellfish, jellyfish, nuts, berries, soy products, tomatoes, chocolate and eggs. Insect bites and exposure to animal hair may also lead to this condition. The infant may also suffer from hives if s/her sweats a lot as a result of being made to wear very tight clothes. Exposure to extremes of temperature is another factor that may cause hives. Besides, heredity is also believed to be a predisposing factor when it comes to hives. Since an infant’s skin is very delicate and sensitive, it is advisable that you consult a doctor immediately if your child is suffering from hives.

Home Remedies

There are, however, a few simple and safe home remedies that you may follow to provide quick relief from the painful symptoms. One of the easiest ways of reducing the itching, swelling and redness is to apply a few cubes of ice wrapped in a soft cotton towel on the affected portion of the skin. Topical application of calamine lotion is another popular remedy for hives. Alternatively, massage the skin with the juice extracted from fresh aloe vera leaves. This produces an instant soothing effect on inflamed skin. You may also give your child a bath in small tub filled with lukewarm water in which 4 tablespoons of cornstarch or baking soda. If there are painful lesions on the child’s skin, dab the affected areas with the milk of magnesia to provide quick relief from the pain and irritation.