Posted by: Mary | 2006/10/26


Very Sweaty Baby ......

Hi Doc,

I have a 15 month old daughter who seems to sweat excessively - regardless of the temperature. With it so hot now it is ten times worse.

She seems to sweat more when she is nursing and sleeping as well. When she sleeps and then wakes (I am sure it wakes her as well) and I move her, the bed under her head is wet - you can see the clear imprint of where her head was.

I am aware that babies 'loose' heat through their heads hence the reason that a baby should never sleep with a hat on. However it seems like her sweating is excessive, to the point that it looks like her hair has been dunked in water. I can also see the sweat 'forming'.

It happens to her whole body, for example if she is sitting in her car chair - her whole back will get wet. Her hair is just more noticeable. I also worry with the sweating in terms of her getting sick - like if we take her out of the car and there is a wind or something?

Is this something to be concerned about or is it natural and will she grow out of it?

Expert's Reply



This is a very common 'problem'and in most cases is quite normal. It is worthwhile asking your paediatrician to see her just to be sure that all is well here and that there is no possibility of a condition such as cystic fibrosis (which I very much doubt) or TB being present.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

user comments


Posted by: CC | 2006/10/27

Babies sweat all the time, and i never used to worry with my daughter. All i did was to make sure that she did not have an irregular temparature and she had sufficient liquids, she is 7 now and she has outgrown it.

Reply to CC
Posted by: ... | 2006/10/26

Just make sure that she drinks allot of water.

Reply to ...

Want to comment?

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.