Excessive Sweating in Toddlers

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In most cases, sweating is not a reason you should be concerned about your toddler. When you sweat, perspiration is released from your pores to keep the body cool during periods of stress such as exercise and heat exposure. However, if the toddler is sweating excessively and it appeats unrelated to body temperature control, speak to your pediatrician to rule out medical conditions like hyperhidrosis.

Features

Toddlers have a tendency to sweat excessively, particularly while they sleep at night. As the toddler sleeps, the BabyCenter website explains, his body is restoring itself and may release extra sweat. To keep him comfortable, place him in lightweight clothing and do not cover him in heavy blankets.

Considerations

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that can affect toddlers and causes excessive sweating. Areas of the body where symptoms may occur include the face, scalp, underarms, feet and hands. Your doctor may use a starch-iodine test to figure out the areas of the toddler’s body where hyperhidrosis is occurring.

Types

When the child is suffering from excessive sweating from the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands, it is called palmoplantar hyperhidrosis. According to the journal “American Family Physician,” the most effective topical treatment for this condition is aluminum chloride hexahydrate. The topical medication blocks the sweat glands to reduce the amount of perspiration released from the feet and hands. Electric-current therapies, surgical destruction of sweat glands and Botox injections are also used in the treatment of palmoplantar hyperhidrosis. These treatments may be off-limits to young children; your doctor can tell you what options are open to your child.

Warning

Contact your pediatrician if your toddler is sweating excessively and snoring loudly. This could be a sign of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea obstructs the airway and is typically seen in toddlers who are overweight, suffer from enlarged tonsils or have certain facial features like a cleft palate. The underlying cause of the sleep apnea is treated to stop snoring and excessive sweating.

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