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Very Sweaty Baby Feet – Normal Or Hyperhidrosis? What to Do?

Sweaty baby feet

Mom’s Question:
My baby has very sweaty feet. I find it so strange and wonder if something is seriously wrong.

Please help.


Baby Helpline:

Sweaty Baby Feet, Hands & Head – Possible Reasons and Remedies

It is surprisingly common for babies to have sweaty hands and feet – and even more; sweaty heads.

There are several reasons why babies sweat:

  • Babies are often overdressed and the hands and feet are like the temperature gauge and start the perspiration off to cool down the body. For example, a common situation when babies are overdressed is in the stroller. If you don’t have one, get a simple air thermometer and put it in the stroller to check the temperature. You might realize that your baby has far too warm clothes on. You can also check your baby’s neck and back. If he or she is very warm, you need do something about it.
  • Some people (babies as well as adults) are also just naturally very sensitive to heat and perspire at the drop of a hat, so there could be a genetic aspect to it.
  • Babies do have immature nervous systems and it can take a while before they are able to control their temperature fully. This is particularly true for preemies. Many babies balance out a bit when they get more mobile, around 9 months they seem to regulate temperature better.
  • There are some medical conditions relating to excessive sweating, so if your baby is not thriving, is underweight or not very active, then it would pay to get him or her checked by a pediatrician.

    One such medical condition is called hyperhidrosis. If you are sure that the baby’s sweaty feet are not due to a too warm room temperature or him or her being overdressed, then it is wise to discuss the matter with a pediatrician. Hyperhidrosis can be treated later on, but it is important to rule out dangerous underlying issues, such as heart disease.

    Another possible (though also uncommon) medical condition that may cause sweating is hyperthyroidism (Graves’ disease). This is when the child’s thyroid gland becomes overactive.

A rule of thumb (as always) is, of course, to talk to your baby’s pediatrician if his or her sweating seems weird and not related to being hot or very active. And especially if your baby doesn’t seem to thrive in other ways too.

Good luck!

Find more questions about potentially sick babies here.

MayoClinic has a good overview over hyperhidrosis if you are interested.

Here are two excellent reference books for baby health issues:

Find comments below.


Dec 15, 2011

3 month old with sweaty feet

by: Anonymous

I have a 3 month old baby girl and her feet are just so sweaty all the time? I was wondering if this was normal. I think it may be just a way her body gets rid of the heat? You are not alone.

Jan 01, 2012

Sweaty baby feet

by: Anonymous

Thanx. I also have a 3 month old baby girl who also has very wet feet. She is active and no problem with weight.

Jan 11, 2012

10 months baby with sweaty baby feet

by: Anonymous

I have a 10 month old whose feet are always wet and sweaty. I have been trying to get information on it because I am not sure if it is a medical problem or not. The doctor said not to worry, but you actually see beads of sweat on his feet. It does not seem normal to me. Has anyone seen this before.

Mar 25, 2012

feet POUR sweat

by: Anonymous

My four month old has experienced the same sweaty feet, and when she does, I take this as a cue that she is overdressed. As parents and grandparents we often, for whatever reason, feel the need to overdress our little ones. Fleece sleepers are not necessary if your home is heated to a reasonable temperature (68-70F). Once babies are able to regulate their body temperature after the first few months of life, we should dress them similarly to ourselves. If you are too warm, chances are your baby is too warm too, hence the drippy feet.

Apr 21, 2012

sweaty hands and feet
by: Anonymous

Hi my 3 months old baby boy very often has sweaty hands and feet. I don’t think it’s due to over dressing tho. I always follow the ‘one more layer then I’ method and still. Oh yeah they are actually cold and sweaty.

Apr 25, 2012

sweaty hands and feet

I Have a 15 week old little boy, he has sweaty hands and feet too, but i wont worry too much as there are quite a number of children with this, so hopefully they will all grow out of it, i really hope so.

May 11, 2012

sweaty feet
by: Anonymous

My 6 month old daughter has this issue and Im concerned as well no she’s not over heated bc her temp will be fine and she’ll have a tank top onesie on, but her feet will be soaked and ice cold. It’s so strange! Has anyone found an answer to this yet?

May 17, 2012

sweaty hands and feet
by: Anonymous

I suffer from hyperhidrosis (excessive swaeting of the hands and feet) and I am concerned because my baby’s hands sometimes feel a little wet and I am worried that my bubba has inherited this condition from me. I really hope not because a life with hyperhidrosos is a life half lived.

At least I know what this is so I can start treatment as soon as possible, my parents just ignored my condition and never talked about it so I had to work it out for myself.

May 19, 2012

by: Anonymous

I have hyperhidrosis. I had an operation when I was 14 to stop it in my hands as my mum picked it up straight away. Yes I still sweat excessively, more than other people, but I wouldnt go as far to say it is a life half lived??!!

My 3 month old sweats from his hands and feet now too, but I’m not worried and neither should anyone else be, aside from adapting (ie not wearing certain fabrics in certain shades on a hot day!).

I have never let it rule my life. This operation was done 17 years ago, by the way, so advancements are here now.

Babies sweat to cool down, people sweat to cool down, be thankful it is not something serious and honey if you truly feel that your life has been half lived with hyperhidrosis please do something about it! It is sweat, that’s all. xx

Jun 08, 2012

3 month 3 weeks baby sweaty feet
by: Anonymous

My babies feet and hands are always sweaty, especially the feet. I feel a bit better seeing all these comments, but will ask about it on his 4 month check up.

Jun 14, 2012

my son’s sweaty feet and hands
by: Anonymous

My six month old son has sweaty feet and hands, but his feet are worse.
I feel so happy reading all the comments posted on this page as I’m not all alone as I was really worried.

Jun 14, 2012

sweaty feet

by: Anonymous

We are going through the same thing with our 4 month old. The doctor wants to she her this afternoon. She is also not dressedwarmly just a t-shrit and no socks and still glisening feet. So we will see. I think it will be nothing also but better safe then sorry.

Jun 17, 2012

Sweaty Feet

by: Anonymous

I also have a baby who is 3 months and has very sweaty feet, although it isan’t constant. I notice that they get very sweaty about once a day. I was so relieved that there is so many babies out with the same problem. I will also have it checked on his 4 month check-up!

Jun 23, 2012


by: Nayrek

Glad to see this, I also follow the “one more than you” rule, and my little one has sweaty hands and feet, this just kicked in this week, she is 11 weeks old.

Jul 02, 2012


by: Anonymous

My daughter has the same thing but she seems fine and is very healthy. I also sweat quite a bit in my underarms but i use odaban which works wonders and i hardly sweat now atall. Obviously i wouldn’t suggest you use this on a child but when they get older i.e teenager and its embarassing then odaban could be an option.

Jul 11, 2012

sweaty feet
by: Ms JJ

my granddaughter has had sweaty feet and hands since birth. We have told three doctors now and no one seems to think it important. i and concerned because there is serious heart problems in my family. and my granddaughter while in the womb had distress issues. should i pressure the doctors to look closer?

Jul 18, 2012

Sweaty feet
by: Anonymous

Sweaty feet might appear, when there is not enough vitamin D and/or calcium.

Comment by EasyBabyLife This is interesting and I’ve spent well over an hour trying to verify what you say. A lot of web pages do claim a link between excessive sweating and D-vitamin deficiency and even rickets, but I have yet to find the underlying research. When and if I find it, I’ll certainly post a link for you!

Jul 21, 2012

Sweaty Feet Here Too
by: Ma

I have a nine moth old and the sweaty feet only started occurring in the last month. It stops her being able to sofa cruise on our wooden floor as she slips over. Her feet are so wet, they are dripping. I have had to buy grippy socks for her to wear around the house. We went to the Doctor and he mentioned Cystic Fibrosis as this can cause excessive sweating but most babies have the heel prick test for this and she has no other markers for it such as not gaining any weight etc. I think it is just one of those things with the developing sweat glands and hope for her that she’ll grow out of it. Was ggod to read here that so many others have it which signals to me that it is quite normal.

Jul 21, 2012

babys feet!

by: Rach

Hello all my 16 week old baby has wet feet when she is warm ..as did my other daughter who is now a beautiful healthy 11 year old on her way to high school in Sep (less the wet feet) , Its funny as i had two boys inbetween the girls and they didnt get wet feet , i wouldnt worry just one of them things ….enjoy your babies happy days 🙂

Aug 11, 2012

My Lily

by: Nicola

My 15 weeks old little girl is the same, her feet and hands are cold and sweaty, she is never overdressed though, yest her feet were so wet they had looked like she had been in the bath as they had gone all crinkly!!, am glad to see that others have the same problem xx

Aug 12, 2012

sweaty hands n feet
by: Anonymous

feel so much better knowing other people have sweaty babies too! It’s strange cos my 5 yr old boy never had this problem, after reading another ladies problem a few spaces above mine, maybe it is more common in girls?? My daughter is 4 month n her feet seem cold but are wet, sometimes on her hands too, hope she grows out of it!!

Aug 24, 2012

Sweaty Baby Fet
by: Anonymous

My 7 month old son also has very sweaty feet and googled it so see what I could find out. Seems as though it is a common thing as long as your baby is thriving. I feel much better after reading all the comments…lots of sweaty baby feet out there!

Aug 28, 2012

sweaty hands and feet
by: vanessa

i have a 4 month old boy, since birth weve noticed this problem. my mother in law says its a pain in the butt sinc her oldest son had the same problem . she says there is a very small op that will cure this problem. so next time i visit the dr. i will bring it up. my son is constantly sweating from his hands n feet, n are very cold…only wen out the bath his feet r back to normal …

Sep 29, 2012

small op

by: Anonymous

that operation ets may sound small and non invasive but there are many side effects , please research it as much as possible and get a few different opinions from different doctors. playing with the delicate nervous system by burning and clamping is a very scary as the nervous system controls the whole body. please research it carefully.

Oct 04, 2012

sweety hands and feet
by: Anonymous

my eldest child who is 10 years has this problem for the past 3 years and my son who is 3 months old has sweety hands and feet now itself.when asked my doctor said not to worry and there are many doctors too who have sweety hands so hope that its not such a big problem and we all should stop worring……….

Nov 22, 2012

warm hands and feet
by: Anonymous

Hi, my son is 15months old and has really warm hands and feet but goosebumps all over his body where he is cold wat is the problem thanks robyn

Jan 14, 2013

sweaty hands and feet
by: Anonymous

Good to know that im not alone, my three old months boy also gets sweaty feet and hands but not all the time, so i try and underdress him, however he is also very active by kicking and waving his hands, this could be the reason. He is due for a doctor’s appt. so i intend to mention it. i hope its nothing.

Feb 17, 2013

over sweating

by: cha philippines

I have a baby who sweat excessively (esp when he is at sleep) during his early months and until now that he is almost 3 years old. he is normal and grow very healthy. I never noticed problem in his health. Maybe this is because his father, my husband, sweat excessively too from his childhood until now that he is 30. maybe this is normal because the doctor found no fault on his health.

Feb 28, 2013

sweaty feet

by: Anonymous

My sweet lovely daughter has sweaty feet and l began noticing that when she made 2months cos she is making 3 next week.l was planning to meet her doctor one of these days but lam a bit re leaved now that all these comments have helped me know it could be something normal.Although l will go ahead and plan to meet her doctor.l rarely get worried and this helps me to think through things en so l encourage mothers to try this habit cos we may cause more harm esp with our lovely babies who cant explain where en how they are hurting.

Jun 27, 2013

really sweaty
by: Anonymous

My baby sweats from her feet even if she’s just in a nappy. She’s is 5 months old now and it has always happened. She sweat so much that when she kicks me my trouser gets wet patches in them. Is it normal even though she’s just in a nappy.

Jun 29, 2013

by: f

I am relly very worried about my babies sweaty palm and feet. She inherit this character from me,and I have hyperhydrosis. After sweating her palm and feet turns very cold and sometimes afterthat she sneez. I feel very guilty for this.

Aug 16, 2013

4 yr old
by: Anonymous

My daughter is 4 years old and still has really sweaty hands and feet. I hope this is not a health concern!! I will ask at her next doctors visit.

Aug 26, 2013

Sweating and the link to heart disease
by: Anonymous

Perfuse sweating in your baby may be a sign of a heart condition.

At 4 months of age my youngest daughter would sweat perfusely when she cried and when she slept. I would literally have to change her clothes because they would be sopping wet.

During a routine exam her pediatrician discovered a murmur. We were referred to a pediatric cardiologist and it was discovered that she had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or HCM.

HCM comes in many forms but in her case her heart was too thick, which put her at increased risk for arrythmias which can be lethal. This is the same heart condition that causes people in competitive sports to just drop dead.

She was placed on atenolol until she was 3 1/2. She’s fine now and hasn’t had any problems and we visit our cardiologist once a year. She still sweats in her sleep but is healthy for the most part.

Aug 28, 2013

cold and sweaty
by: Anonymous

My 4 month old daughters feet sweat only when they are cold and it is a lot. I can see dropletts of i. When they are warm not a drop of sweat. Can anyone suggest anything or give me any advice?

Aug 30, 2013

l have same and im worrying

by: Anonymous

Hello every one, I have got a 4 months daughter. She has a very wet feet and very wet hands, palm, and also she is underweight as well can any one tell me please what is wrong with her?

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