Jenna woke up from her nap on Monday covered in hives. I've never had a child with hives before, so it was quite frightening.
She had smaller ones on her face and eyelids, making her face look puffy. She also had them on her neck, stomach, and upper arms. She had a giant one on each thigh, almost the entire size of her leg.
I immediately called Kaiser and they advised giving her Zyrtec. Her hives went away within 45 minutes, which was a huge relief. In my mind, hives mean allergic reaction, which can lead to a restricted airway. So when the medicine helped right away I relaxed a little. But I still wanted to know what had caused them.
We were advised to continue giving zirtec each night for the rest of the week. So I gave her some last night, and although she was fussy, she eventually slept okay. Then this morning Jenna woke up with new hives on her arm.