Cold Urticaria

Munchkins (felt-tip pen on marker paper & Gimp)

Cold induced hives a time not to forget

I’ve never heard of it.  Last week we had some very cold days and my daughter was complaining of itchy feet.  They looked red and I told her to put on slippers.  The next day it was her hands.  She told me at school she noticed she had “fat fingers”.  I looked at them and they did look red and swollen.  I got down to business on the internet after she went to sleep and of course got myself all worked up with worry.  I took her to the doctor in the morning and by then it was on her legs too.  You could see bumps like mosquito bites on her knees and ankles!  The doctor looked and made the “huh” sound a couple times before making the diagnosis of cold urticaria.  She has cold induced hives.  He told me to get some over-the-counter Benadryl and gave me a note for the school: no recess today.  She is allergic to the cold.  And if that isn’t strange enough when I brought her to school, the nurse came out to meet with us and she was all excited.  She told us that she had it too and she had never met anyone else with it before!  The nurse told me she would pay special attention to my daughter.

Between taking my daughter to the doctor and school we went to the pharmacy and Dunkin Donuts for some Munchkins.  She climbed into the front seat and together we had our late breakfast and my daughter had her first dose of Benadryl.  I am getting a sentimental lump in my throat just thinking about it.  I am not sure why but it was one of those “mother moments” for me; an unexpected special time with just my 6 year old daughter; a time where I could care for her and take away her discomfort.  A time I wish I could grab on to because I know it is so fleeting.

I left her at school (in good hands).  Before leaving, I squatted down and gave her a REAL hug not just one of those “rushed elementary school hugs” where you crouch a little but your height disparity is too great and you end up sort of patting their back while their head is buried in your middle.  I know we will have many more special times together but this was the only-moment-exactly-like-this that and I have burned it to my memory and I love it.

Ann

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12 comments

  1. Poor thing, I hope she feels better real soon (maybe you should move to Hawaii!).

    I forgot all about munchkins but am now craving chocolate old fashioned (like I really need another doughnut :-) )

    • I just hope she doesn’t start getting it when swimming (at the beach in the summer) – I guess some people do! Yes I think we have to move to Hawaii for medical reasons ; )

      I know, donuts – I don’t need them either!!! Dunkin Donuts are on every corner around here – it is crazy!!!

  2. I’ve heard of cold hives … it has to get pretty cold to for her to break out? This past weekend in the Northeast was brutal. Also, is this something that a child typically outgrows?

    • Yes – I think she can grow out of it. It has been so cold!!! It is strange because we don’t have allergies in our family but she has always been a little more sensitive to cold than most.

  3. How beautiful. I can just feel the cold air and see the bright sky while you were having breakfast in the car. I miss weather. I miss Munchkins!

    Is your daughter’s condition going to stay with her, like say, an allergy to cats? I sure hope not. Keep us posted, I hope she feels better soon.

    • From what I have read she will likely grow out of it. I guess we will see how the rest of the winter goes…

      Although less than ideal circumstances we had a nice time together : )

  4. I REMEMBER ITCHY HANDS AS THEY WARMED UP AFTER PLAY IN THE SNOW, BUT NO ACTUAL HIVES.
    I LOVE THAT THIS TURNED INTO A SPECIAL MOMENT FOR JUST THE TWO OF YOU. RELIVE THESE MOMENTS IN REMEMBRANCES WITH HER AS SHE GROWS UP SO SHE WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE MEMORY.

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