Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Tracey Waterston | 2009/12/01


Excessive Sweating in Toddler


I was just wondering if I should be concerned about my son' s excessive sweating. He is 16 months old and when he is asleep at night he sweats terribly. I was told by a nurse that I should dress him as I would dress so all he goes to sleep in is his nappy and a t-shirt. He sleeps in his own room with the window open and I cover him with a little receiving blanket which he normally throws off after about 20 minutes. Yet if you feel his hair it is often wet from his sweating. He does drink a lot during the day and sometimes at night too. He eats well and we eat a lot of fruit and vegetables. I restrict his intake of sweets and chips. Is there any other reason for his sweating?

Expert's Reply



Sweating in babies who are younger than your little toddler is common and usually normal.You are definitely not over-dressing your son and his bedroom is nice and cool.While his sweating is probably still normal, it would be best to ask your paediatrician to see your son. This is to be sure that all is well.There are certain conditions especially thyroid related, but others as well that can cause excessive sweating in young children and need to be excluded.

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