Sometimes some people sweat excessively than normal. Excessive sweating of the body is called as hyperhidrosis. It is one of the most commonly encountered disorders in people. People can sweat profusely either only on a particular region of the body such as feet, armpits or palms or they may sweat excessively throughout the body.
Excessive sweating in children is mostly because of stress or anxiety. Hyperhidrosis in children can be congenital or from birth. In such children sweat gland are over active which stimulates the excess production of sweat.
Many parents may have a question is excessive sweating in children an indication of a health problem or are there any health risks? Well the answer is yes. However, excessive sweating in children is rarely because of underlying medical conditions. Children are generally active and they sweat more during playing.
If your child is not under any medication, then he or she might be suffering from primary idiopathic hyperhidrosis where the cause is unknown or it might be because of some underlying medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism (over-active thyroid glands), cystic fibrosis or heart diseases and infections.
If your child sweats excessively in school or without doing any physical activities then you should take immediate medical action. A proper diagnosis will help in diagnosing the exact underlying problem.
Some of the medical problems that can lead to excessive sweating in children are-
Hyperthyroidism or over-active thyroid glands can cause your child to sweat profusely. Children with hyperthyroidism are very lean, thin and have increased appetite. Child may have increased weight of the body with short height. Hyperthyroidism occurs due to excess secretion of thyroid hormone in the body. This can be triggered by infection in the thyroid gland or excess intake of iodine. Hyperthyroidism may include symptoms such as fatigue, depression, weakness, intolerance to heat, shortness of breath, vomiting, palpitations and diarrhea.
Overdressing a child:
Overdressing a child with bundles of clothes can make your child sweat excessively. A hot room temperature can also cause excessive sweating in a child.
Sweating during feeding:
Some babies may sweat excessively while feeding. This can be a sign of congestive heart failure in toddlers. Symptoms may include tiredness while feeding, rapid breathing, repeated regular cough and poor body weight. There may be other symptoms associated with congestive heart problems.
Children may sweat excessively because of diabetes too. If your child is suffering from diabetes you can see some symptoms such as frequent urination, increased thirst, weight loss, decreased appetite, nausea, headaches and profuse sweating. If there are no symptoms as such, then your child hyperhidrosis is not because of diabetes. You may need to check for other problems.
There may be several other medical conditions that can cause excessive sweating in children. A thorough examination and tests will confirm the cause.
We can see that excessive sweating in children can be indication of a health problem. Treatments can be start with holistic or herbal remedies rather than going for severe intrusive treatments such as Botox, drugs and Iontopheresis. These treatments may not be ideal if your child is too young.
Antiperspirants such as Drysol containing aluminium chloride can be useful to reduce sweating. You can also try some natural remedies to treat excessive sweating in your child. Most importantly ban any foods and drinks that can trigger sweating.