My baby has very sweaty feet. I find it so strange and wonder if something is seriously wrong.
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.
Here are two excellent reference books for baby health issues:
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