Abnormal Sweating In Toddlers: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Abnormal Sweating In Toddlers: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

19 Oct 2022 | 3 min Read

Reema Shah

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Excessive sweating during childhood occurs due to dressing in clothes that are too heavy, or the toddler engages in lots of physical activity or has an infection. But consistent issues with abnormal sweating in toddlers can indicate an underlying medical cause, such as thyroid disease, diabetes, heart condition or a tumour. Read to find out the causes of abnormal sweating in toddlers along with the treatment.

Causes of Abnormal Sweating In Toddlers

Excessive sweating in young children can happen either due to normal or serious reasons. Here are some common causes:

  • Infections: Any infection mild or severe can cause excess sweating. At times, sweating is the only symptom of low-grade or ‘smouldering’ infections which tend to get worse over time, like tuberculosis.
  • High blood pressure: Certain medications taken by toddlers can cause high blood pressure. The rise in blood pressure can make them sweat even more. 
  • Diabetes: Excessive sweating can indicate diabetes. A child with diabetes may also feel thirstier, pee more than usual, or lose weight. Plus, their sweat may smell like acetone nail polish remover.
  • Congenital heart disease: Babies with heart problems tend to have other symptoms along with excess sweating. They get tired easily during feedings, cough often, have a fast breathing rate and have poor weight gain.
  • Hyperthyroidism: Hyperthyroidism can cause excess sweating. Sweating may be the only symptom in your child or they may also experience a fast heartbeat, weight loss and anxiety.
  • Prescription drugs: Certain prescription medications can cause whole-body sweating.
  • Any metabolic and hormonal disorders

Symptoms Of Abnormal Sweating In Toddlers
Some of the signs of abnormal sweating in children include:

  • Your toddler tends to sweat on their arms and face even when the temperature is neither too warm nor humid.
  • Excess sweat production in hands that it interferes with play and school.
  • They produce enough sweat to soak their clothes.
  • Sweat that worsens particularly in stressful situations and warm environments.
causes of abnormal sweating in toddlers
Heart problems can be one of the common causes of Abnormal Sweating In Toddlers / Image credit – Canva

Treatment Of Abnormal Sweating In Toddlers

Treatment options depend on the type and cause of your child’s hyperhidrosis.

Your child may have primary hyperhidrosis that affects specific areas.

There are several treatment options if this is the case like:

  • Topical preparations
  • Botox
  • Anticholinergic medications
  • Lontophoresis 

In the case of preteens and teens, treatment may help with sweaty (and smelly) feet.

Unlike older children, abnormal sweating in toddlers is uncommon. If your baby or toddler has excess sweating, it doesn’t mean there’s anything seriously wrong with them. However, it is a signal to talk to your paediatrician.



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