Excessive Sweating in Babies — Is it Normal?

Mar 13, 12 Excessive Sweating in Babies — Is it Normal?

As a parent, it’s natural to worry about every little issue your child has. When it comes to babies, many parents become concerned when their baby sweats profusely. While some degree of sweating is normal, sweating is also a symptom of certain health defects. Here’s a bit more information about sweating in babies.

What’s Normal?
All babies sweat – some of them on a regular basis. Many babies will produce sweat on their head and limbs during their deepest stage of sleep. Some babies will sweat while nursing, playing or other activities that require physical exertion.

Room Temperature
It’s best if you keep your home between 60 and 70 degrees, even in your baby’s room. To regulate the temperature, keep a thermometer near where your baby is sleeping or playing. Temperature regulation is a big help in keeping your baby from sweating excessively.

Many parents mistakenly think that babies need several layers of clothing even when indoors. In reality, a baby should be dressed in the same amount of layers as a parent when indoors. When outdoors or when sleeping, a baby only needs one more layer than an adult in order to be comfortable. Overbundling your baby may be the cause of your baby’s excessive sweating.

SIDS and Sweating
Some people have noted that there may be a connection between SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and excessive sweating. However, the sweating is only a factor when it’s a symptom of an underlying disorder, like congenital heart disease. ¬†Sweating in itself does not necessarily mean that your baby is at an abnormally high risk of SIDS.

Underlying Condition
In some cases, excessive sweating in babies may be a symptom of an underlying condition. For example, infants with congenital heart disease may sweat while nursing, since their heart has to work incredibly hard to help them perform simple tasks. Sweating may also be a sign that your baby has a fever, which may be resulting from a viral or bacterial infection.

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  1. The International Hyperhidrosis Society has a comprehensive list or medications and conditions that cause excessive sweating. You can learn about many aspects of sweating and even find a physician who is able to treat hyperhidrosis on their web site http://www.SweatHelp.org.