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Old 02-21-2009, 09:43 AM   #1
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WWYD re: full body hives ETA possible cause??

ETA: I MAY have figured out what she might have an allergy to. Maraschino cherries. I was allergic when I was a kid, I got a rash on my neck every time I ate them until I was 10 or 12 and grew out of it I guess. I love them and eat them from time to time now with no ill effects.

Grandma took Molly to Sonic Thursday afternoon and got her a cherry slush for the first time. She's had maraschino cherries many times before but never a cherry slush. It was Thursday night when we first saw the hives. Then they were worse Friday so DH and I took her to after-hours care Friday night. She got the benedryl shot and since we'd been telling her in the car that she wouldn't get any shots at the doctors (whoops) we promised her ice cream on the way home. So we stopped at Braums and she was already getting woozy but DH being the sweet Daddy got her her regular vanilla soft serve but got it with a bunch of maraschino cherries on top because she loves them. She ate all of those and a few bites of ice cream, but then she was just too sleepy so we saved it and went home.

The pic where she was looking about as bad as she got is from Saturday morning.

Today she's looking much better. Its not completely gone, but its 90% better than it was yesterday. There is so much junk in maraschino cherries though, who knows what individual component it could've been.

Also, can particular allergies be inherited? Like that specifically, whatever it is about maraschino cherries??

DD, 2 yrs 8 mos, is having an allergic reaction to SOMETHING. We have no idea whats She has had no allergies up to this point, but now she's covered from head to toe in awful hives. We saw the beginning of them Thursday night just a little around her waist, and yesterday they spread everywhere all the way up to her face and they are still there. I gave her a bath this morning, and nothing improved. The hives don't seem to bother her much, I think it itches a little but not bad, she's not really messing with it at all.

We've be wracking our brains to figure out what she might have had to cause a reaction, but we've still come up with nothing. Same laundry detergent as always (Jenny's Simply Clean), we've been using it for about 3 months. She hasn't had anything new to eat that we know of. She hasn't had any PB recently, though she's never had a reaction before (I know they can come about any time). DH was at work yesterday and I was at school so DD was with grandma. Grandma didn't call to tell us the rash was everywhere so we were appalled to see how bad it was when we got home. She was also coughing a little yesterday, but none so far today.

We took her to after hours care last night and they just confirmed it was indeed hives and gave her a shot of benedryl. That improved it a lot quickly, and knocked her out. The doc said to give her Claritin at home since its just an antihistamine like Benedryl and benedryl isn't recommended for children under six. I gave her the Claritin in the middle of the night, and it's supposed to last 24 hours I believe but this morning she looks terrible, no better than before the benedryl shot. She still seems to feel fine, she's just cold. The hives are hot so I think its making her more cold, like when you have a sunburn.

Anyone have any suggestions. We don't really have an attack plan for trying to figure out what she's allergic to since it could be absolutely anything.

Here's a pic to show how bad it is.
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Old 02-21-2009, 09:47 AM   #2
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When I was little I used to get them that bad. They never really found out why.

I would get to an allergist for testing though. Do you have animals in the house? Any allergy can show up at anytime and are more likely too after the first birthday.

I would try some oatmeal baths to help.

ETA: I would also make a list of everything she has eaten/drank for the last 3-4 days and see if you can come up with anything.
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Old 02-21-2009, 10:24 AM   #3
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Have you done any research (dr google) on benadryl? It is a really safe med, one of the few you can use during pregnancy for allergies. Claritin won't do the same for hives that benadryl will, but could have prevented what was causing them in the first place. Which it didn't, obviously. poor girl! I would call your ped and see what they have to say. Hopefully they can get her in first thing on Monday.

Did anyone get flowers or a new plant in the last few days? Do you have a pet that may have rubbed against something outside that is causing the reaction? Does she have a feather pillow or comforter? What about wool? She may be developing allergies...
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wow!! I'm so sorry. I'm glad it's not hurting her. I agree with pp. see a specialist. I had a friend who would give hives just from getting nervous. They were never that bad. I hope you can figure things out. GL mama
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We had the *exact same thing* happen last summer. It was awful!!! My dd is 13 so maybe it was a little easier just cuz she was older but she was so miserable.

We wracked our brains trying to figure out anything she had eaten/worn/drank/come into contact with in the days before she broke out, but we never did figure anything out.

There is some oatmeal bath stuff that Aveeno makes (we got it @ RiteAid), it's kind of like a bath fizzie that you dissolve in the bathtub and that gave her some relief, but as soon as she got out of the bath it was irritating again.

She looked just like your dd & was hot everywhere just as you described. She could take Benedryl, so that's what we did & otherwise, just the baths.

Sooooo sorry for you & your LO, mama. It majorly sucks!!!
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Also wanted to add. My 3 year old DD has been taking benadryl for quite a long time. She has a vertigo condition and benadryl stops her from vomiting during an attack.

The basic rule for dosing benadryl is 0.5 mg per pound of body weight. One teaspoon is 12.5mg. So a 25 pound child would receive a teaspoon. Benadryl is safe if given correctly. But it can make the child sleepy or REALLY hyper. Some children react that way to it. But if it were my child i would be doing the benadryl every 4-6 hours until they went away.

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Also wanted to add. My 3 year old DD has been taking benadryl for quite a long time. She has a vertigo condition and benadryl stops her from vomiting during an attack.

The basic rule for dosing benadryl is 0.5 mg per pound of body weight. One teaspoon is 12.5mg. So a 25 pound child would receive a teaspoon. Benadryl is safe if given correctly. But it can make the child sleepy or REALLY hyper. Some children react that way to it. But if it were my child i would be doing the benadryl every 4-6 hours until they went away.

HTH!
Thank you, I think I will go to the store and get some benedryl. The claritin really is having absolutely NO effect. She's acting fine, but her skin just looks terrible! Last night the benedryl shot make her really sleepy so I'm guessing that is going to be the result today. I think I'd rather sleepy over hyper.
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Re: WWYD re: full body hives

When #1 was about 4, she came down with tons and tons of hives, all over, just like that. I took her to the doctor, who said that kids sometimes just get hives simply because their immune systems are immature and that unless she's having trouble breathing or something, it isn't an allergic reaction - that if it were caused by allergies and she had hives that bad she'd be sick in some way too. And he predicted that the hives would probably come and go here and there all over her for a couple of months, and then disappear, and maybe reappear in a couple of years. And that's exactly what happened. She did get some hives back a few months ago, but not nearly as bad and they disappeared faster. There are two doctors in my family and I had both look at her hives and they both agreed with dd's pediatrician - it isn't uncommon and doesn't necessarily mean there is an allergy unless she seems sick as well - like if she had trouble breathing or her tongue started swelling or itching really badly or something. But the hives in and of themselves don't mean there's an allergy.
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The basic rule for dosing benadryl is 0.5 mg per pound of body weight. One teaspoon is 12.5mg. So a 25 pound child would receive a teaspoon. Benadryl is safe if given correctly. But it can make the child sleepy or REALLY hyper. Some children react that way to it. But if it were my child i would be doing the benadryl every 4-6 hours until they went away.

HTH!
Claritin is a joke. My dd has allergies and the allergist says benadryl for attacks and zyrtec as a maintenance drug (if one is needed everyday).
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Re: WWYD re: full body hives

When my dd had the hives, the pediatrician gave us a prescription for something called Clarinex that worked well and lasted longer.
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