Childhood Diseases

Posted by: R | 2010-10-22


Sweaty palms and feet

Hi Doc,

I recently noticed my 3yr son has rather sweaty palms and feet. I imagined it may be the heat, but wonder if it could be something more since I noticed when he holds anything, it seems his palms are all most dripping. His feet seem to be wet/ damp at certain times. He generally sweats at night, during the first hours of sleep, not excessaively, and is fine afterwards, and no sweating during winter. Should I have this checked if it continues.

Many thanks, R

Expert's Reply



This is a surprisingly common problem in some young children. The cause is not usually obvious but may run in families.Treatment is rather difficult. There are some special antiperspirants that you can try on your son's hands and feet which may help. This are not the normal anti-perspirant and you will need to speak to your pharmacist about this. If he does not respond to this treatment then you should take him to see a dermatologist.

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