Symptom: Hives

Baby with hives

Hives are a common skin condition characterised by well-formed itchy welts and swelling of the skin surface. Hives can occur anywhere on the body but in infants, they are usually short-lived.

Why does my baby have hives?

The most common cause of hives includes food allergens, such as a Cows’ Milk Allergy (CMA). Your baby may also experience hives from other allergies, such as insect bites/stings, medication or latex. An infection may also cause hives.

Could it be Cows' Milk Allergy?

Hives may be a common symptom for babies with CMA and may occur in almost 30% of CMA cases.
Babies with CMA usually experience more than just one symptom and these symptoms can be very different from one another.
If you think that your baby has hives, it may be CMA. You may have even noticed other symptoms (besides hives or swelling), which may affect other parts of your baby’s body.
For a simple and easy way to understand the symptoms associated with CMA, you can use our symptom checklist.


This will allow you to select all the symptoms that your baby may have that may be cows’ milk-related. You can then discuss these with your doctor.

any case, if you have any doubts or concerns about your baby’s health, you should always seek advice from a medical professional as soon as possible. The information on this website should not replace medical advice from a medical professional.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breastfeeding is the best form of nutrition for babies and provides many benefits to babies and mothers. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, you eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breastmilk, and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. Always consult your healthcare professional for advice about feeding your baby. The social and financial implications of using infant formula should be considered. Improper use of an infant formula or inappropriate foods or feeding methods may present a health hazard. If you use infant formula, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use carefully – failure to follow the instructions may make your baby ill. Formula for special medical purposes intended for infants must be used under medical supervision.