Call 911 immediately if your baby has respiratory symptoms such as wheezing or shortness of breath, if his face or tongue swells, or if he passes out.

Along with hives, these symptoms can signal anaphylactic shock, a potentially fatal allergic reaction.

A baby's respiratory system is so tiny that even a small amount of swelling can make it very difficult for him to breathe.

If your baby's uncomfortable, ask your doctor if you can give him an oral antihistamine (such as over-the-counter Benadryl) to reduce the itching and swelling.

Even if your baby isn't troubled by the hives, talk with his doctor if they last more than a week.

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