Definition: Hives is an allergic reaction characterized by localized redness, itchiness and swelling.
My kid has allergies. After several months of back and forth with doctors and a visit to the allergist, we discovered that dust mites were to blame for most of her issues. The hives, though, had no explanation. I was advised to observe her carefully and try to see if there were any patterns to when she gets them.
As far as I can tell, this is the list of activities that can potentially cause hives in my kid:
- excessive cold
- excessive heat
- excessive excessiveness
- face paint
- parents who Just Don’t Understand What I’m Saying
Once you compile your list of triggers, it is best to avoid them whenever possible–unless, of course, your seven year old decides to wipe face paint all over her face on a Thursday just before doing her homework, all the while complaining that you don’t understand what she’s talking about. In that case, you might as well pull out the bacon and give up because you’re totally hosed.