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?