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Son Broke Out with the Hives???

my 3 year old has been sick for about 2 weeks now and the first time we took him to the dr. a little over a week ago they said he just had a cold and he would be fine in a few days. well he didn't get better he got worse so we took him back Friday and he had pink eye an ear infection and a upper respiratory infection. so the dr. put him on antibiotics and eye drops and ear drops and cough medicine and then this morning he has hives and they just want me to wait it out and see what happens tomorrow... i am just worried cause this is my first and my only child and i have no experience with this and all ... anyway if any of you have had similar experience or anything it would help... he doesn't have any fever. benadryl does work but at first they were just on his legs and then they went away on there own with in a few hours and then later in the evening they came back and they were also on his arms and one spot on his stomach . i am waiting for the dr. to call me back right now...thanks

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ok so this is the skinny..... for now we are not taking any meds.. we are just watching it and seeing if it happens anyway without them cause it may just be the virus in his system causing the rash cause apparently that can happen too as a few of you have said i believe so that makes me feel some better... and then tomorrow if there is still a rash we have to go see the dr. and they are going to decide what to do from there.... i am still not so sure i guess i am just on the freakish side cause he was a preemie with a spinal defect and all i mean he is perfectly healthy now cause he had surgery to fix his problem but i am just a little on the over cautious side i suppose... thank you all for your help and support...

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my middle child ended up with a rash one time that looked like bullseyes, it took two er visits and different hospitals before we found out she had streep throat and her body was reacting to the streep and that is what caused the rash, Sometimes the most simple thing is what you have. Dont worry Kids will be fine, they are tougher than we give them credit.

One of my sons and one of my step-daughters are both allergic to the antibiotic Cephzil. They break out in large quarter size or larger raised hives. If he is on an antibiotic that he has never taken before then I would bet that is what it is. Either way I would call the doctor and find out if they can put him on a different antibiotic. They will usually just call one in for you unless you want to bring him back in.

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My son gets hives any time he gets sick with a fever..The dr said it was just his body getting rid of the infection....

Hi K.!

I know how you feel, however, I don't know how many doctor's visits we went to "too early" and the kids were not "sick enough" to make a full diagnosis. This happens very often. My guess would be that fever, if he has it, is causing his hives. That has always been the case with my kids as well as myself and brother when we were little. Usually waiting it out another day will help diagnose the hives for sure, however, if you are uneasy with this decision, let the doctor know. Sometimes they can give you a local call help line number to get you through the night and keep you out of the emergency room should something happen in the middle of the night. Also, look into keep a convienent care facility on hand as well. The only other thing I would add is make sure that he is not allergic to the antibiotics that they have given him. Hope my input has helped! Good luck to you!!!

~Lee

It sounds to me like your son had a reaction to one of the medications. More than likely it was the antibiotics. I wouldn't wait it out. I'd take your son back to the dr's right away. My son had a reaction similar to your sons and it was an allergy to an antiobiotic.

I agree with both opinions.. It could be the childs reaction to the fever or getting better ,but it could also be allgeric reaction to medication. I would watch and if it got worse or any other symptons take him to the ER... If you are really worried just call the Dr. back and tell them you want him to be seen today!!!

My odlest daughter has broke out into what appeared to be hives in her situation we took her to the ER and they gave her shots of Bendryl, only helped for a few hours. We lived close to Memphis,TN then so my husband and I took her to the Laboneur Childrens Hopital ER and found out that she had too many antibiotics in her system and it caused a reaction which appears to be hives. They told us that it was a very rare condition (leave it to my daughter) and that this usually happens with kids/adults that are extremely sick (cancer, tumors, etc). Like your child we had lots of things going on stomach virus, ear infections, Upper Res. infection, and UTI. Nothing helped this rash it got alot worse before it got better and lasted for about 10 days. This rash made her look like she had been severly burned. I forgot the name of this condition because it was only a medical term that was about 15 letters long. I would try the color less and tasteless bendryl first and if it doesn't clear up in a day take him back to the doctor.

It sounds like an allergic reaction to all the medications he is taking. Maybe you could take the meds back to the pharmacy and have the pharmacist cross-reference to double check any possible alergic reactions.

Hi K.,
My daughter breaks out with hives about everytime that she gets sick. Sometimes she breaks out even before she has symptoms of being sick. Her dr told me that it was a condition that alot of people have. Its their body's was of fighting whatever sickness that they have. He dr prescribed some Zyrtec that really helps with the symptoms. If he is really itchy with them try some calamine lotion or Aveeno baths. That always helped my daughter. The longest her hives has ever lasted was about 6-7 days.

Good luck and I hope that he is feeling better.

Hives are a sign of an allergy most of the time. My daughter gets them when she is exposed to something that she is very allergic to. We have done skin testing, allergy testing, etc and have yet to find out what it is exactly that she is allergic to but it sounds like you have some sort of allergen based on his hives and also the cough, ear infection and upper respiratory infection can all be caused by an allergen. The first thing I would do is go to Target and buy Aller-Free bedding, the most common allergen is dust mites and they reside everywhere no matter how much you clean but you can keep them out of the bed somewhat by getting the Aller-Free bedding. My daughter is much better since I put these products (mattress cover and pillow covers) on her bed.

One of my sons and one of my step-daughters are both allergic to the antibiotic Cephzil. They break out in large quarter size or larger raised hives. If he is on an antibiotic that he has never taken before then I would bet that is what it is. Either way I would call the doctor and find out if they can put him on a different antibiotic. They will usually just call one in for you unless you want to bring him back in.

It is probably a reaction from a combination of the antibiotics and exposure to the sun. When this happened to my daughter the Dr had me stop the antibiotics and give her benadryl. I also found that a bath with baking soda added to the water helped the itching and cleared up her skin. She did have the rash for something like 4 days but the baths really did help her stop itching. Good luck.

Hi does your son have hives all over him or are they contained to certain areas? My son had what I thought were hives, but when I took him to the doctor they said he had fifth diease. It could also be an allergic reaction to the meds. I am allergic to certain ones and have had severe reations before. I would not wait until tommorrow I would take him to the hospital today. I hope he feels better soon J..

The hives could be an allergic reaction to the antibiotics? Maybe get another opinion?

Sometimes when kids have ear infections and colds the can break out in a viral rash. There is nothing you can do but wait for it to go away. In my experience this usually takes 24 hours maybe a little more. It is not contagious. I have two kids, ages 5 and 17 months. In between the two of them Ive been through about 20 ear infections and I would say about a quarter of those had the rash with it. Hope this helps.

K., This does sound like an allergy to the antibiotics. However, I would not wait until tomorrow only wait a few more hours and call the doctor again. If they say to wait until tomorrow, then tell them they are full of it and take your son to the emergency room. If he is not getting better and now has hives, something is going on and he needs to be tested right away. Doctors like to tell you to wait it out so that the child can develop an immunitiy to the sickness, but at 3, the immunity is already there to a point and if he is no better after being sick for 2 weeks, then something else has to be done. I would not wait longer than a few hours more. If he is not better get to an emergency room. To sooth the hives, you can try a little vasoline to help with the itching and it may even help them to go away. A warm bath with a extremely mild soap may help too. If you have an oatmeal bath from Aveeno that is really good too for skin hives and irritations. Good luck.

I have only one child also. I have lost all my other babies so she is special to me. I don't wait things out as long as they say to just because they say to. A few more hours should tell the tale for you.

he has an allergic reaction to something...and for a damn dr to be so cruel to say wait is wrong. My daughter broke out in hives to i took her to the emergency room in Grenada...BIG MISTAKE...i sat there two hours and the dr comes in for about 2 minutes...says that it is normal and leaves.....i gave her some benadryl anyways because she was starting to swell and the bumps got bigger and bigger til they started touching....the next morning she had her hands swollen, her feet and face swollen and her ears swollen...I freaked...and got pissed at the same damn time. I drove all the way to OXFORD emergency room...sat there for about 5 minutes then they saw my little girl and took care of her...she got better...i bet i will go off next time on Grenada when they say nothing is wrong...but take your son somewhere else....like Oxford...Batesville and Grenada SUCK!!! Oxford is a long drive but it is worth it to make your son better. Talk to you later..Good luck...and keep us updated..:)

my middle child ended up with a rash one time that looked like bullseyes, it took two er visits and different hospitals before we found out she had streep throat and her body was reacting to the streep and that is what caused the rash, Sometimes the most simple thing is what you have. Dont worry Kids will be fine, they are tougher than we give them credit.

The hives could be an allergic reaction to the antibiotics your son is on. You should consult with your pediatrican about the hives and Benadryl works wonders on things like that. Maybe you should find another pediatrican to get a 2nd opinion. Allergic reactions can potentially be serious.

It could be that he is allergic to the antibiotics. If you can't get rid of them, stop the antibiotic and ask for a new one. Some children can't take penicillin based antibiotics. Also check with your dr on the correct dosage of Benadryl. The doctor told me I wasn't giving my son enough that children can tolerate more than what's listed on the bottle, but that they put that dosage on there for safety reasons. The doctor can tell you how much your child can tolerate according to weight. The bottle lists it by age. My son was heavier than the average toddler, so he got a half a teaspoon more Benadryl. But check with your doc first. Hives can also be stress related. And since he's been so sick, it just might be him reacting to the stress of the doctor visit, the pain, and what not. Give him oatmeal baths...

Hi K.,

Is your son lactose intolerant? My daughter stayed congested and kept ear infections and broke out in hives on a regular basis until we found out that she was allergic to milk. Doc said that milk can make congestion and infections in the body worse. As soon as we stopped giving her milk, the hives stopped and she got better. Hope this helped.

My experience with my daughter that broke out in hives was that she was allergic to the antibiotic they put her on. So if it is new medication I would be considering that may be your source.

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