Excessive Sweating in Young Children

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Question. My son is 10 months old and he sweats very badly. When I nurse him or hold him as well as just playing, or sleeping he is always very sweaty. It is sometimes so bad that my shirt sleeve is soaked when I lay him down after nursing him. I would like to know if this is normal or if I should be concerned about his sweating problem. It is very concerning to me I worry about him being diabetic I know that this is one of the symptoms. Wanda, LaCrosse, WI

A. Common symptoms of diabetes in young children include drinking a lot, urinating a lot, and losing weight. If he is not doing any of those things, then his sweating is probably not from having diabetes. 

Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating is not uncommon in older children and teens.

These kids often have sweaty palms, sweaty feet, sweaty armpits and/or excessive facial sweating.

Considered to be normal, this type of excessive sweating is not as common in young children though.

Excessive Sweating in Young Children

While it can also be normal, especially if there are no other symptoms and the infant or toddler is gaining weight and developing well, your pediatrician will likely conduct a thorough evaluation if your baby is sweating a lot.

Sweating while feeding can be a symptom of congestive heart failure. These infants may get tired while feeding, and have a fast respiratory rate, a frequent cough, and poor weight gain.

If your baby had a heart problem, you would expect many other symptoms besides sweating though.

Having an overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, can also cause excessive sweating, but again, you would expect other symptoms. Excessive sweating may also be a symptom of diabetes. This quiz can help you understand how that would work.

Even if he seems to be having no other symptoms, a visit to your pediatrician for a physical exam and to review how well he has been gaining weight would be a good idea.

Keep in mind that over-bundling or overdressing your child and keeping your home too warm, could also cause excessive sweating.

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