My two year old daughter was just diagnosed with Cold Urticaria. Basically this means when she gets too cold her body has an allergic reaction. We found out after swimming in a really cold pool. She was not even in the water for 15 minutes before all the kids wanted out. I got her inside and was getting her out of her swim suit when I saw she was covered head to toe in hives. The rash got worse as I watched it, her belly looked like it had little welts all over it. I got her all dressed, gave her a dose of benadryl and called the clinic. I also took pictures of the rash so I could show them what it looked like before medicine.
She fell asleep and when she woke up the rash was gone, the clinic told me to keep a close eye on her overnight and bring her in for a check up in the morning.
Meanwhile I was online trying to see what might be causing the rash when I found information on Cold Urticaria, I could not believe what I was reading.
The next morning I took her in and the doctor confirmed that is what was going on with her. He told us that at this time it looks like her form is mild and we should still be able to do all the normal activities we did before. I was really worried that she would not be able to swim, play in the sprinkler or enjoy the winter weather anymore. He told us that we should keep her out of pools if the water level was cold ( it needs to be at least 75 ) and that when we are enjoying these activities we just need to monitor her. If she did start to break out we need to get her inside, warmed up and give her benadrayl . He also told me to always be watching for signs that her reaction got worse. If she ever started having breathing issues then we would need to take her in and they would have to reevaluate her.
We have gone swimming and played in the sprinkler since without having any issues. I still am worried about the situation but I will admit I am relieved that we have been able to continue with normal life activities thus far. The real worry I have now is winter, I will have to cross that bridge when we come to it and in the mean time we will pray she outgrows this like a lot of kids do.