5. Turmeric Milk
The anti-inflammatory spice turmeric helps stimulate the body’s natural anti-inflammatory corticosteroids. Also, with natural antihistamine and antioxidant properties, it provides quick relief from symptoms of hives.
Plus, turmeric milk will help you, as a new mother, to deal with all kinds of pain.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of hot milk.
- Add a pinch of black pepper powder.
- Sweeten it with a little honey.
- Drink turmeric milk twice daily.
Chamomile is another safe herb for both you and your baby. Being a natural antihistamine and having anti-inflammatory properties, it relieves swelling, inflammation and itching.
Chamomile tea will also help you get much-needed rest or sleep, and can even help calm a teething baby.
- Add 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile to a cup of hot water.
- Cover and let it steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain and add a little honey.
- Drink this tea 2 or 3 times a day until your condition improves.
7. Calamine Lotion
To treat skin rashes due to hives, calamine lotion is also very effective. It can provide quick relief from itching and speed up the healing process.
- Use a cold compress on the affected area.
- Pat dry thoroughly with a towel.
- Use a cotton ball to gently apply the calamine lotion.
- Repeat several times a day.
8. Avoid Stress
Stress can trigger hives and cause you more discomfort. Stress after delivery can be overwhelming and it can increase cortisol levels, which can have a negative impact on your body.
No matter what, you need to try to control your stress level.
Do your best to get enough rest and sleep to reduce stress and any form of anxiety that might have developed. It is recommended to adopt the sleeping pattern of your baby, so that you can get enough sleep, too.
Also, allow family members and friends to help you take care of your baby as well as your home.
Engage in relaxing activities like walking, reading books, listening to soft music and anything that makes you feel happy and relaxed.
- Certain antihistamine medications and anti-inflammatory drugs can help minimize the inflammation and itching resulting from hives. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications.
- As your baby is dependent on you for milk, do not take any kind of drugs without consulting your doctor first.
- Bathing with hot water can cause more discomfort, so avoid using hot water until your hives are gone.
- It’s best to wear loose-fitting clothes to reduce the itching.
- You can try lying down while breastfeeding to help you get the extra rest you need.
- Do not apply anti-itch cream on your nipples.
- You can pump and store breast milk, if needed.
- Increase the amount of vitamin C in your diet to help reduce your body’s production of histamine.
- Stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible.