Excessive Sweating In Children: What Parents Need to Know

Sweating in children is a common occurrence and not a cause for concern by itself. However, if your child sweats excessively, it might require some attention.

By Ashwin Dewan

Excessive Sweating In Children: What Parents Need to Know

According to LIVESTRONG, during the process of sweating in children, perspiration is released from pores in their body. This keeps the body cool during periods of stress such as exercise and exposure to heat. But, if your child is sweating excessively and you think it is unrelated to body temperature control, it may be a medical condition like hyperhidrosis.

What is hyperhidrosis?

Sweat evaporating from the skin creates a cooling effect on the body. However, when the body starts to produce more sweat than is required to keep it cool, the condition is called hyperhidrosis.

In the article, Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating), published in About Kids Health, hyperhidrosis can occur at any age and developmental stage. You may have difficulty in identify a specific trigger for excessive sweating as it may be triggered by many things like anxiety, spicy food, exercise, warm air temperature, and fever.

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“Sweating depends a lot on factors like the humidity, internal temperature, on the level of activity, and on the level of stress. If your child is anxious or facing problems in studies, she could sweat more than normal,” says Dr Ramalingam.

In fact, he adds that it is not compulsory to sweat with sweating a compensatory mechanism employed by the human body to cool the temperature. For parents of children who live in cold places, there is no need to worry in case they think their children are unable to sweat.

Is excessive sweating an indicator of a disease?

Often, if your child sweats profusely, without a rise in temperature or other factors like strenuous physical activity, you may attribute it to a disease. Problems in the sweat glands can also lead to excessive sweating. You may not be wrong and it is advisable to seek the help of a doctor in such cases.

Problems that cause excessive sweating in children:

  • Hyperthyroidism: Over-active thyroid glands or hyperthyroidism can make your child sweat excessively. According to HealthLine, when children suffer from this condition, they tend to sweat a lot and develop low tolerance for heat.
  • Overdressing your child: One simple reason for your child’s excessive sweating could be too much of clothing. Overdressing your child could make her sweat excessively. Staying in a hot room with insufficient circulation also causes excessive sweating.

Dr Ramalingam says that parents of children who sweat excessively need not worry. Stay calm, keep your child comfortable and seek a doctor’s help if required.

With inputs from Dr K. Ramalingam, Director and HOD Paediatrics, Fortis Hospital, Noida