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Sweating in infants

Sweating in infants


Question:

- My baby is 5 months and 2 weeks old. Since he was born he has a hot head, compared to the rest of the body. The night sweats so hard that I have to change his hat and when the baby bottle sweats and his feet are sweaty and cold all the time. Is this something serious?

Answer:



At this age the head still represents about one third of the general dimensions of the body; activities performed at this level, activities that far exceed the intensity of those carried out at other levels of the human body, can cause a slight difference in the outside temperature at the level of the skull compared to the rest of the body surface.
Generally, inside the body, the temperature is not the same regardless of the organ, for example the liver has an internal temperature that can reach up to 40 C, without this having any pathological significance, this value of the temperature resulting from the activities carried out by this organ.
Sweating is produced by sweat glands in conditions of stress, emotions, physical exertion, high external environment temperature; having among other things the role of facilitating the transfer of heat from the body to the outside, thus preventing its overheating.


Also, sweating can increase in certain pathological situations: fever, infectious diseases, anemia, rickets diabetes, endocrine disorders etc.
For a baby of about 6 months, both sucking and playing represent a physical effort large enough to determine the appearance of perspiration.
However, if this perspiration occurs even at rest (sleep) without the room temperature being raised (the room temperature should not normally exceed 28 C) and without the clothing being too thick, if it is abundant or if it appears and other signs or symptoms, ask your pediatrician to rule out the presence of an illness.
Alina Pop-Began
- Resident doctor - Anesthesia and Intensive Care-
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