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My daughter is 4 years old. Three weeks ago, after taking a walk, I gave her a bedtime bath and noticed she had red marks on her stomach and legs - frightening looking (as if she had bruises). About 1 minute later they were completely gone. Called pharmacist, gave her children's benadryl - called Pediatrician next morning - told me to give her Benadryl, may last a few days. A week and a half later, still these hives (a bit less, but still consistent). Then they seemed to have developed into a serious skin sensitivity. If she touched her face, even with a toy -she would develop a huge hive, which would dissipate quickly. When I picked her up to put her in the bathtub, you could see the imprint of where my hands had been on her skin. Her pediatrician (which she saw a few days later) told me that she wasn't allergic to any one thing, but was having allergies and to give her zyrtec and consult with an allergist. She has an allergist appointment in a few days, but I was told they can only help in 10% of cases. Also, her pediatrician wanted to give her a full round of vaccinations - which I declined until I know what is going on with her skin for fear she would have a huge negative reaction. A few days after her hives began, she developed a mild cough. Her pediatrician said it may be just a cold or virus - but I am not convinced. The ONLY symptoms she has had is the hives and now the cough that has developed into a really bad cough that sounds like she is congested, especially at night - waking her up. She never had a fever, no runny nose, nothing except the hives and the cough. Also, she has never had any type of allergies before (except an allergic reaction to Amoxycillan which also produced hives). That is why I feel she actually came into contact with something that produced an allergic reaction rather than just having allergies, but I am not knowledgeable about any of this. Is this normal? Will the allergist be able to help with the cough? What should I do?
My son is 5 and has had a two episodes of hives within for the last month. When he first got them they came out of no where and we had to take to hospital for three days. Now they are back (less severe - but we are on our 2nd week) and he is coughing. The doctors keep asking us about his diet and we are eliminating things but the only constants with these break outs is he shows symptoms of a cold before and during the breakout. Yesterday morning his cough was much more pronounced and by the end of the day he had very large hives. He is on Benadryl but they seem to never fully go away with benadryl. Today after a full round of Benadryl he looks much better but I'm taking him in to doctor - I'm guessing steroids are next. They also suspected walking pneumonia at the hospital but all the x-rays came back inconclusive.
My daughter is 6 years old and is going through the same thing. Coughing at night and hives in various places on her body. The hives seem to subside with a dose of Benadryl but do not go away completely. Has anyone had any success in helping their children overcome this increasingly troublesome issue?
[QUOTE=cindyu;4171184]My daughter is 6 years old and is going through the same thing. Coughing at night and hives in various places on her body. The hives seem to subside with a dose of Benadryl but do not go away completely. Has anyone had any success in helping their children overcome this increasingly troublesome issue?

My son's hives (see earlier post from quest73) ended up being related to walking pneumonia and his body was reacting to it - to the point we had to take him to the hospital and they concluded after three days it had to be allergy related but at the time they didn't know why. Your situation sounds similar. It took two weeks to get an appointment but when we took him to the allergist they didn't do the 'shot tests' to see if the hives were food related because he was on Benadryl and Steriods. But they were able to run some blood work tests to see if his hives were being caused by a virus or bacteria infection. Those tests are what came back telling us it was related to the bacteria that causes pneumonia although previous screens for pneumonia kept coming back inconclusive and his 'cold' symptoms were not that bad. So he actually got over the pneumonia without any help.

After 3 to 4 months of varying intensity of hives they have finally gone way but it took a steriods and benadryl to keep the hives under control during that time. Good Luck!