Hives, also known as urticaria or welts, are swollen areas on the skin.

They can show up in different shapes and sizes, but are generally well defined, with a pale, central, raised area surrounded by a red border.

And they usually itch.
Your baby may have a group of hives that disappears after a few minutes or a few hours, only to have a new crop show up elsewhere.

If your baby breaks out in hives, they could last from a few hours to a few days, although it's possible to have hives for months at a time.

Hives are common, but not contagious.

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