Advice about Sweating
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Hi - can anyone recommend what to do about heavy sweating? I take fitness classes
regularly and sweat heavily - mostly from my head. I can barely get through a class
warm-up and I'm already sweating. By the time class is over I'm soaked and dripping wet.
Also starting to sweat a lot when I sleep, although that could just be my age (I'm 39).
Has anyone used Botox -or another remedy - to help with excessive sweating? Any
homeopathic ideas? Advice greatly appreciated - thanks!
I, too, am a heavy sweater, and work in a job where people are looking at me (teacher) all day,
so it can be quite unpleasant. I have not tried botox, but two things have helped.
prescription strength 'antiperspirant' from my doctor. You put it on at night, and then wash it
off in the morning. I did have some problems figuring out the dosage, because using it every
night ended up making me really itchy under the arms. I now do it every few days, or the night
before a big presentation. In your post, you said the sweating is mostly from your head, so I'm
not sure if the prescription antiperspirant would work for that.
The second thing I tried, which
was the most immediately effective, was that I stopped drinking coffee. I still drink one cup of
tea most mornings, but have found that removing coffee from my diet really changed my sweating
issue. It's worth a try. I still enjoy coffee on the weekends, but have cut way
back--especially on days I'm in front of a crowd.
So, my hands and feet tend to be cold/clammy. Not always,
but often enough. No problem if I wear tennis shoes, or
clogs or 'bigger' shoes that look good with socks - the
socks absorb the moisture. Also no problem if I wear
open-toed sandals so moisture evaporates.
But I'm having trouble with the in-between. Closed-toed
flats. I currently have NONE and feel so limited in my shoe
choices, especially in our
not-always-appropriately-sandal-weather summers. I want some
cute/comfy flats or MaryJane type shoes, but two problems.
First, I feel like they look super dorky with socks. I can't
figure out any socks that wouldn't look lame. I've tried &
always feel frumpier than usual. Without socks, sweat builds
up & the shoes feel icky, slippery and I don't like wearing
Once or twice I tried those teeny little socks that aren't
supposed to show in flats. They slipped around/slipped off.
So they were uncomfortable and did not even come close to
solving the problem. Threw them away.
I always see women wearing flats without socks & wonder how
they do it. I imagine most of them don't have sweaty feet
problems? Any suggestions or ideas great appreciated ...
Sadly Sweaty Feet
I have the same problem. Aldo makes a liner/insert for
flats - about 8 dollars a pair, I think. I slip them in,
and after a little while take them out and hand wash them.
This helps keep the odor down without having the sock look.
Also gives you a smidge more cushion in some of those very
Dear Sweaty Feet, I feel your pain! I have sweaty feet and have the same
problem. I finally found a couple of flats that I can wear without socks.
Souls brand by Kenneth Cole has a leather/flaxseed sole that breathes really
well. I can wear them without feeling icky AND they do not get stinky either.
favorite style is Gabby because it is so comfortable. The only downside is that
the sole is partly made of leather, so I can't wear them on rainy days. So, for
rainy/foggy/drizzly days, I wear some flats from Beautifeel since they have
rubber soles. You can find Beautifeel at Crosswalk Shoes on Fillmore in San
Francisco. Both brands are expensive, but it is really, really nice to be able
wear flats without socks or sockliners.
Sweaty Feet Too
A shoe store clerk once gave me this advice, which I pass on to you: wrap
the socks that you buy to wear with flats around the insert inside of the
shoe. This way, the socks will absorb the sweat and not slip around! You
can purchase inserts separately if the shoes don't come with them. Good
No more sweaty stinky flats
I finally found little ped nylons/socks that work for me in
my flats. I went to at least 5 stores to find some that
work. They are the Payless ''minicci'' nylon socks. Be sure
to get the ultralow version. Otherwise they show. These
are sturdy and stay on.
finally found some that work for me.
I feel you sister! First, try finding good mini-socks that
will stay on your feet. I found some good ones at Target
that have a sticky thing on the heel that helps it stay in
place. Second, try this awesome stuff found on Amazon.com
called ''Sweat Block''. It's a moist toilette thing that you
rub all over your face, underarms, feet, etc. weekly and
boy does it keep the sweat away! Try both those things &
a sweaty sister
Go to your doc and request a prescription for drysol. It is
an antiperspirant that is indicated for hyperhydrosis
(excessive sweating). You can apply it to the soles of your
feet the day you want to wear your flats and that should do
I know that's not a ''Berkeley'' answer--no, it is not at all
natural, but it is not harmful.
I have the same problem and despise those little ''no show socks''. I've used
Kiwi brand Fresh'Ins for years. They're disposable inserts that you can cut to
size, and they last a long time, so I don't feel too guilty about using them.
can get them on Amazon.
fellow sweaty footer
I had a similar issue in the past but what I found is that wearing either knee
height stockings - the cheap drugstore kind works. If you need it with a skirt
''invest'' in a few kinds of Liner types like the Hue Perfectly Bare Slingback
Liner or I think I bought a few in a nicer department store.
I've been plagued by this problem my entire adulthood -
hoping others can chime in on solutions, treatments,
I am a heavy sweater.
I'm athletic and enjoy getting a good sweat on. But I have
wet underarms ALL.THE.TIME: in stressful situations
(interviews, presentations, etc) but also in totally un-
stressful social situations where I am complemely at ease,
regardless of weather temp. I know I can't be alone in this
and am hoping to get some help with:
1.) Products that might reduce/eliminate my excessive
underarm sweating (I tried using a product a few years ago
that really helped but somehow transferred by sweating to my
back, hands...kinda of bizarre/worrisome).
2.) Products to protect my shirts or get out underarm
stains. I can't begin to share how many shirts I've had to
toss over the years. White t-shirts are just not part of my
wardrobe (but want them to be!)
I was a heavy sweater (arm pits, hands, feet) all during
high school and part of college-and so was my mom, so it was
genetic in some way and psychological in others. I
definitely experienced more wetness when I was in front of
others or stressed about something. And I also think it's
psychological because I was never sweating at home or when
sleeping. At school I dressed like a tomboy because I had
to wear two shirts, and change the under shirt during the
day. My mom bought dress liners for the arm pits at the
fabric store, and this helped somewhat, but I couldn't wear
fabrics that didn't dry quickly and showed wetness, silk,
etc. My mom sympathized with me, but she always told me I
would overcome it as I got older (like she did). I was
truly fed up at about 17 years old, thinking I'd have to
live with this forever. We went to the doctor and she told
me I could get Botox shots to stop the wetness, but we
decided it wasn't that bad, so she prescribed topical Drysol
(which is now sold over the counter). This made a big
difference, it helped with the physical symptoms a great
deal, but most importantly, it allowed me to start to forget
about it during the day. My mental state stopped being
stressed about it and I believe that is what ultimately
stopped the symptoms. I didn't need to use the Drysol after
age 19. The reason I know my symptoms were psychological is
because I had a relapse when I was about 23, when I
experienced a new type of social situation. At this time,
the wetness was concentrated in my groin-since I started
using the Drysol in my underarms. I started to freak out
and then remembered that I had control over this, I needed
to relax, use breathing exercises and not start the sweating
cycle again. It lasted about 3 months and then stopped and
I haven't had to worry about it since (10 years on). Of
course I sweat when I'm in a client meeting, but never as
bad as it was. I also bought clothes that didn't show
sweat, kind of like exercise jerseys in black. BCBG has
some nice nylon jersey dresses and tops that wick away
sweat. Good luck, I feel your pain and believe you can
conquer this too.
I haven't done it myself, but I've read many places that
botox shots really help. (Ask your doctor! as the
Certain Dri. It's a roll on that you put on sparingly at
night. It worked wonders for me!
I share your problem, and so am hoping to get more good
ideas, but wanted to mention Certain Dri as the best
antiperspirant I've found. It's not perfect, but it does
seem to help quite a bit.
I was just reading an article in a doctor's waiting room
yesterday about a young woman with a debilitating sweating
problem. I don't know if your case is that severe but it was
reporting a somewhat minor surgery she had to get, that was
successful. The surgery was to make her sweat glands less
receptive or something like that (sorry, I can't totally
remember)! Basically it was a neurological issue (I think!)
where her nerves were overstimulating her glands. Might be
something to ask your doctor about... good luck.
As a teenager and 20-something, I had the same problem. I
could not wear any white shirts because within weeks they
would have yellow stains in the armpit area. My doctor
gave me a topical medicine to apply - basically a
prescription-strength antipersperant, and it immediately
caused intense itching, so that was the end of that.
However, in my mid-twenties I completely gave up caffeine
and guess what? No more sweating. So if you consume
caffeine in any form, you might want to quit for a while
and see what happens.
I'm 50 and 1/2, still getting my period like clockwork,
regularly told that I look younger, almost no grey hair, no
hot flashes. However, I have started sweating much more
recently. Can anyone recommend a strong deoderant or other
treatment that could ameliorate this ? I'm averse to taking
prescription meds for this, if possible. I also never drink
liquor, take no drugs, and have a diet that most Bay Area
foodies would consider reasonably respectable. But why am I
sweating so much and what can be done to minimize it ?
Just this one problem, fortunately.
Sounds like perimenopause. You are the right age for it.
Not everybody has the same symptoms, and you
can still be getting your periods while your hormones are
fluctuating during perimenopause. This hormone fluctuation
interferes with the body's ability to regulate temperature,
which results in various unpleasant things like sweating and hot flashes.
See your Ob Gyn.
It is probably nothing but I thought I should let you know
that when this happened to my dad it turned out he had
lymphoma. Get some bloodwork done?
Have your dr prescribe Drysol. It is a liquid antiperspirant that works
wonders. It totally saved me in high school and I've never had a problem
since. It's so strong in fact that I remember not even using it every day. I
was able to switch back to a normal deodorant/antiperspirant before even
finishing the bottle.
I had a similar sweating problem at night only. Went on
for maybe 9 months. Changed my bedding just to try
lighter covers etc and that helped. But in hindsight I
believe I was entering peri-menopause. Has anyone else
experienced night sweats that lasted 6-9 months at the
onset of peri-menopause?
no longer waking in the night drenched
I had severe sweating in my underarms from 9th grade until
12th grade. I attributed it to hormonal shifts, anxiety and
genetics (my mom had it too in adolescence). The sweating
would cause me anxiety and the anxiety would make me sweat
more! I struggled for years until my doctor prescribed
Drysol. I know it is now available without a prescription at
the pharmacy. It is pretty uncomfortable because it tingles
like crazy when you put it on at night, but it works!! I
would have gone through surgery to fix the problem, but I
didn't need to do anything else. I know that if you are
sweating really badly and Drysol doesn't work you can go to a
dermatologist and they can inject something in your armpits to
help. I forget what it is, but this is for extreme cases.
You should probably see a doctor anyway just to rule out other
I didn't see this original post but from a response I read
it seems the poster was suffering from severe nights
sweats. ''Drenching night sweats'' is a classic sign of some
forms of lymphomas. See
Of course it could just be perimenopausal symptoms also.
Probably worth seeing a dr. if it persists more than a
couple of months.
So, this is pretty embarrassing: I seem to sweat a lot more
in the groin area than anywhere else, and it is really
stinky. Not the area itself, from what I can tell, but my
underwear and the crotch area of my workout pants smell
really bad - not like BO, but like the smell in our attic
when we found a dead rat there. I've bleached them and
used Oxyclean, and they always smell fresh when I put them
on (and I only wear them once between washings), but after
I work out, they absolutely reek. I worry that people at
the gym can smell me! Help!
Try wearing cotton panties and cotton sweats.
Yikes! That sounds really inhibiting! Have you talked to your
OB/Gyn about it? I wonder if you could be having some sort of
gland discharge that seems like sweat?
Me too! I wear pure cotton underwear, pure cotton workout
pants, and I wear a panty liner when working out at the gym.
And I wash really thoroughly before doing all of the above.
All these things have helped combat that pretty disgusting
smell - you know it's really bad when you gross yourself
out!! My empathies and sympathies!!
I've noticed the same thing. I use baking soda around my
groin area and try to change my underwear regularly. Also,
hair holds odor--I haven't gotten my courage up for a
bikini wax yet but am thinking about it. Ouch!
-I feel your pain
I have the same problem. I always sweat a lot but in the
last 4 years it has gotten worse. I gained a lot a weight
when I was pregnant and after having my daughter (So that
means more skin friction which equals sweat). I always
notice the smell more when I go to the bathroom or get
What I noticed is that when you have your clothes on, no
one else smells you but you. It's you being critical of
yourself. I have asked friends, co-workers & husband
(without telling them why) if they smell something funny
when we are close; and they all say no.
If you are working out, after the workout change your
pants and underwear and a little powder helps too. If you
are on the heavy size, try losing some weight and see what
happens. If it persists ask your doctor.
I hope this helps.
From one stinky girl to another
Hi, I would try washing them first with vinegar. rinse... then bicarbonate and
peroxide (it might bleach them but it kills the bacteria that produces the bad
I am glad you posted this because I have had a similar issue
and it isn't easy being funky! I am also a sweaty person,
run warm and am generally moist. I also am not the kind of
girl whose thighs don't touch..so there is friction and heat
that builds up, especially during any kind of exercise. But
like you said, it isn't just normal BO.
I have treated my symptoms with pretty good results. I also
wash with Oxyclean after each time I wear my yoga pants. I
think it is a bacterial growth that thrives in the heat and
sweat of the folds of the outer labia, especially between
the thighs and vulva. It is not an internal bacterial growth
like Vaginitis that is treated with an inserted creme...but
it might be a similar thing. I have never had any labs. But
I did ask my sister who is a doctor and she said wear cotton
panties and wash with anti-bacterial soap.
I wash with natural anti-bacterial soaps that contain
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) or Tea Tree Oil, making sure
to scrub the high inner thigh area. After thoroughly drying,
I apply an alcohol based natural deodorant. I'm careful not
to get either the soap or alcohol inside the labia, but
concentrate on the outer folds where sweat can build up.
I have found that removing hair also helps. Sometimes I
shave, but I have found that those nasty Neet type cremes do
something to kill the bacterial growth as well as dissolve
hair. I know it sounds kind of chemically and gross, but I
have found that the funk usually stays away for weeks at a
time if I use the bikini hair removal creme. But do not use
the alcohol after shaving or using the Neet...it will burn
I know these remedies sound harsh, but they have worked for
me. I am mostly not stinky anymore!
Certain kinds of fabric, especially workout fabrics, just
hit their limit after a while and get permanently stinky.
They smell fine coming out of the dryer, but after 15
minutes of wear they're just rank. No amount of repeat
washing seems to change that
So my guess is that it's not you, it's your workout clothes.
Try getting some new ones -- maybe some new undies too --
and see if that helps.
Stinky no more
I may have the answer to your problem- I just found out that
a sweaty smelly itchiness I've had for awhile under my
breasts and in the folds at the top of my thighs is a skin
fungus. The smell, as you said, is not normal BO, and it can
get very nasty.
My doctor told me to use Lamisal cream twice a day for a
couple of weeks, she said that should take care of it. I'm
just on day 4, so don't yet know if it's going to work but I
sure hope so!
I'm 8 months post-partum and still having severe nightsweats. While I'm still
breastfeeding, my breastfeeding friends say their nightsweats disappeared months
ago. I can sleep with the windows open in nothing but a tank top and still wake up
drenched. Not only does it disrupt my sleep, but I think my husband is having a
hard time sleeping in my required arctic temperatures. My hormone levels and
thyroid have all tested normal. My doctor recommended Black Cohosh, but it hasn't
done much to help. Has anyone else experienced this? Did it ever end? Did you
ever find the cause? Did anything help alleviate the problem?
I had the same problem weekly for 2 years postpartum.
Acupuncture with Maureen Raytis in Oakland/Lake Merritt fixed it.
This is a little embarrassing, but after giving birth to my son
I started to sweat pretty profusely at night. My son is now 3
and I still do it maybe 1-3 times per week. The information out
there can be scary (causes being AIDS, hormonal imbalance,
cancer, menopause, etc). I guess I hope to find someone out
there who experiences this too and has some advice on how to
get rid of it. I plan to see a doctor as well. Any advice?
This happened to me as well when my daughter was born last
summer. It was scary and uncomfortable for both my husband and
me! I think that it had to do with breastfeeding and no longer
being pregnant and my metabolism adjusting to all the above. It
did end after about 3 months, thank goodness!
After giving birth to my son, I also sweat profusely at nighit;
especially when I breast feed. I've been told that this is
related to hormone. But if you are still worried, it is always
good to get a check up.
I had night sweats for over a year, and finally started getting
acupuncture treatments. It worked! I was told that my ''spleen
energy'' was low ... I know that I was run down and pushing
myself physically. I'm happy to say that was 8 years ago and
now when I have an occassional night sweat I really try to rest
and eat well for a few days and I'm fine.
I think seeing your doctor is a good start; you might have a
post-partum hormone imbalance (hyperthyroid?). It's one of
those things that is only a threat if you let it go untreated.
Hi! I have also been sweating at night since my baby was born
(now 2 months). Everytime I wake up to nurse I am sweaty. I also
have incredible body odor since giving birth. I have not been at
all worried about either issue, chalking it up to the fact that I
have had a baby and my body is still out of whack. Good to know
that someone else is dealing with this...please post what your MD
says about it!
I had night sweats and chills for several months after I had my
baby, which may have been exacerbated by the nursing, since I
feel it was a hormonal thing. I didn't get too worried about,
just took a shower in the morning when I had to!
This won't solve your problem if you want night sweats to go
away... but I read on a spiritual site that night sweats are a
sign of the life force or kundahlini running freely, when it is
not allowed or able to run well during the day. According to that
view, night sweats have a purpose, albeit inconvenient. Fire in
the body, in appropriate amounts, also helps to burn through
mucous that could otherwise deteriorate health.
For some reason, I have a gut feeling that you have a hormonal
thing going on.
I know that night sweats in menopausal women is related to body
temperature regulation, which is tied to fluctuating hormone
levels. Post childbirth and breastfeeding does come with
fluctuating hormones! If you don't want to go on the
pill right now, you could at least get a little bedside fan
and sleep under layers so you can have just a sheet over you,
or just kick off the covers when you get hot!
I have noticed night sweats during times of lower estrogen:
pre-menstrual and at times during breastfeeding (before my
period returned). I could always tell when my period was about
to come because I would begin to have night sweats. This started
in my late 30's, when my periods were still regular, well before
perimenopause. Now my periods are much more irregular and I
often get night sweats. I found that dressing in much lighter
pj's than the weather would warrant and much lighter bedding,
helps me to not get so sweaty. I haven't had any hot flashes in
the day yet.
This is an odd question. I'm a single mom and have been dating
a wonderful man recently. He's kind, compassionate, generous,
fun, sexy, sweet... the whole package. We've gradually become
more initimate and I've discovered that he sweats extremely
excessively when lovemaking, so much so that it feels like
standing under a waterfall. I find this unpleasant and a bit of
a turn-off. I have never seen anything like it in my life; the
amount of sweat that pours off of him is truly astounding and
might be funny if it weren't so bothersome. Does anyone relate
to this situation? Any advice?
you have me laughing, I used to date this fellow! well, ok,
yours is a different one as my ex is in a relationship in San
Luis. He was (is?) an excessive sweater. The ''rain'' was
bothersome to the point of distraction and often I just wanted
sex to be over so I could dry off! I never addressed the issue
directly with him, but my suspicion was he was trying REALLY hard
not to ejaculate before I was ready and so was working himself up
quite a bit before release. If I was more ''ready'' before he
entered, and therefore he was too, then he would feel comfortable
releasing sooner and then there was not as much sweating. So you
might try encouraging/validating him to release sooner?
no more umbrellas
My wife says
''It's simple. She should be on top.''
anonymous, of course
I know all too well the unpleasantness that you are referring
to. My first husband had the same problem. We talked about it
(that was the hard part) since I too found it rather
We tried several options
He would shower before we became intimate. This seemed to help
a bit, but did not eliminate the problem.
He bought some contraption he saw in a magazine that was
supposed to ''kill'' the sweat glands. He ended up burning
himself with this doo-hickie and I made him throw it away.
And finally...he lost weight. He was a big guy. Over 6'5'' tall
and just shedding some extra pounds did the trick. He only lost
15-pounds but it made all the difference. He seemed much
Another tip: try different positions to avoid the ''waterfall''.
Yes, my husband does this too--it's like being under a faucet
sometimes. It helps to be on top for me--less dripped on.
Drysol (a prescription antiperspirant) could help but he's not
someone I could suggest that to (he won't wear the OTC ones
either as he doesn't believe in them, which I do understand).
And he's so wonderful in so many other ways, I figure it's a
little thing in the grand scheme. And of course I've gotten to
drip breastmilk on him but it's really not the same. I say if
he's wonderful in other ways, wait and see if you can get it to
not bother you over time.
another rained on rosy
Hi - I noted that most of the respondents to your question
assumed sweating had to do with being overweight. My experience
has been quite the opposite. I had a fling with an endurance
athelete some years back, and he sweated quite a bit during sex.
He was definitely not overweight!! In fact, he had the best body
I've ever experienced in that way. ) Our fling did not evolve
into a full-blown relationship, so we never really discussed it,
but I now realize I came to think of the sweating as sexy. You
know - hot, steamy sex. So now if my husband sweats a little
during sex, I think it's erotic. Not everything in life was
meant to be antiseptic and sterile. Perhaps you could change how
you think about it!
sports fan ;)
Questions about Kids
My 3 m/o son cries as soon as or within a few minutes of
being placed in the car seat. Lately, we've noticed that
the back of his head and his back are drenched, so we
assumed he was warm, even when dressed in light layers.
The other day, the temperature outside was 40-50 degrees
and I had the AC on and windows rolled down and he was
still screaming and sweating while dressed in a t-shirt
onesie. His pediatrician believes he's sweating b/c he's
crying and that we should dress him according to the
weather and keep him comfortable in the car seat, which
I'm not sure how to do. He seems fine when someone sits
in the back with him. I think he's bored and lonely when
he's in the back seat by himself. I'm interested in
hearing if others have found themselves in a similar
situation or have any ideas/suggestions.
Well.... All I can say is that, yes, our son did exactly
this, at exactly this age, and we got through it. I know
it's awful when parents say they just dealt with it somehow.
Our son was born in November, and he never wore long
sleeves for his first year. He was just a hot, sweaty baby.
And it was at around 2 or 3 months that the car seat alone
became a terror scene, sweating and beet-red face included.
We never found a way to make it better in the moment but,
for what it's worth, from the perspective of having had two
more kids, it's just a phase, you're all suffering, but
nobody will suffer permanent trauma from it, including your son.
I completely forgot about this phenomenon until I read
your post. Our son had the exact same issue right around
the same age. We also tried to put less clothes on him,
assuming that he was just too warm. He hated his car seat
at that time (he traveled in a Peg Perego infant seat), so
I decided to try another car seat which gave him much more
space. What a difference! He rarely fussed and he never
was hot again. In retrospect, I think that he had just
outgrown the car seat and needed more space, which the
infant car seat didn't provide. I hope this was of help to
you. I know how incredibly frustrating this is. Best of
My son and my daughter both went thru being very unhappy in
their car seats as infants. By 6 weeks, I couldn't take
even putting my boy in the car because nothing I could do
would make our trip pleasant. He was in a standard ''infant''
car seat, the kind you unlock from the base and take it with
you. Out of desparation, I bought a Britax Roundabout
(because it fits from 5lbs-30lbs). This carseat made all of
When my daughter started having fits in the infant car seat,
I knew what to do - install the Britax Roundabout.
I don't think it was necessarily the *brand* of the more
successful car seat, I just think it was more padded, and
sat higher up so that they could see more (maybe?). Anyway,
this solved my problems. You don't say what kind of carseat
he is in, but if it's one of those lock in/lock out carry
with you ones, he might be happier in another throne.
Hope that helps!
My daughter did the same thing when she was that age. For
her I found that white noise did the trick and usually put
her right to sleep. I would use the radio tuned to
static. I have friends that have used those toys that
play a little song when you push buttons that seemed to
entertain their baby in the car.
Have you tried attaching toys to the top rim of this
sunshade to entertain him? Or does he respond to you talking
or singing to him? My son liked having toys to look at and
responded well to me singing to him, though I had to sing
loudly. He also was calmed by having a pacifier. I tied
ribbon to the pacifier and a clip onto the other end of the
ribbon so that if he spit it out and started crying I could
reach around to where the clip was secured, pull the ribbon
until the pacifier was in my hand and put the pacifier back
in his mouth. Sometimes while driving, ideally when at a
stoplight. Sometimes, too, it helped to sit him in the
carseat and linger in the doorway or climb in the backseat
for a minute or two talking or singing to him to get him to
stop fussing if he immediately got upset at being put in the
carseat. I also considered putting a baby mirror in front of
him that allowed us to see each other from the reflection in
the rearview mirror, but never got around to it. He still
prefers to have someone with him in the backseat, but got
less fussy as he got older.
still sing in the car
Both of my daughters had this phase. And it was a phase.
They both cried like crazy in the car seat and sweat
though their clothes. Then around 5 months it stopped.
Neither of them loved the car seat after that but they
were able to regulate their temperature just fine.
My girls sweat no matter what so I just dressed them for
the weather and assumed they would have a change of
clothes when we arrived where we were going.
Hope yours is a phase too
I'm not sure if this is something I should be worried about but
I'll throw it out there. My 5 year old son sweats a lot,
particularly at night. I notice it most when he sucks his thumb
(something we're trying to stop). He sweats regardless of the
temperature. At times, we put him in a light bed sheet but it
does not seem to help. It can be so excessive that I have had to
change his shirt or turn his pillow over in the middle of the
night. Is this normal? Is it a boy thing? Thanks for any insights!
This is so funny to see this post right after talking to my
doctor about the exact same thing. My four year old has always
sweated when falling asleep, and sweats when he plays. He is
not overweight and is very healthy. I finally asked the doctor
and he said ''don't worry about it, at least you'll always know
when he's lying.'' I really like that. He said it's not a big
deal and since then I've talked to other people who have
children who sweat. I have taken to putting a towel on my son's
pillow. Once he's deeply asleep and no longer sweating I take
the towel off. It seems to work. Hope this helps a little or
sweaty when sleeping
If you haven't already, have your son checked for diabetes.
Night sweats in particular can be a sign of diabetes. Better
yet a full health exam and be sure to let the Dr. know what has
My middle son, now 7, was like this @ 4 to 5. People used to
remark on it. He has always been very energetic and active and
still gets a sweaty head from going hard. But, it is less than
it used to be.
Hope this helps,
Hi I didn't read your initial question so sorry if you already
thought of some of these things. Firstly excessive sweating at
night can be a sign that you son has Sleep Apnea - does he snore
or snort a lot while sleeping, sleep in strange positions, do you
catch him not breathing while asleep, does he wet the bed, is he
hyperactive and/or sleepy during the day, is he a mouth breather
during the day? - all these along with excessive night sweating
are symptoms of sleep apnea which is serious health issue for a
The other thought I have is that in alternative medicine
excessive sweating is seen as an imbalance in the body and
accupuncture or homeopathy can help rebalance him.
One of my kids sweats a lot - his thick hair will be drenched
after running around vigorously for half an hour. Dress your son
lightly at night - just underwear and a t-shirt for instance.
Make sure he's hydrated.
My 2.5 yr. old sweats profusely when she goes to sleep.
She doesn't seemed to be bothered by it. I was wondeirng if this is normal or an
indication of a different problem. anyone have a simillar experience with their
My son, who's now 4 1/2, regularly sweats profusely while
napping and/or sleeping. For example, his hair will get
completely soaked, and often his clothes will be pretty wet
with sweat as well. My daughter, who's now 1 1/2, also
sweats through her head sometimes and her hair will be
soaked when she wakes up. I just chalk it up to their high
I cant help with any reasons, but my 2 year old son also sweats
a lot in his sleep. His head specially, is almost drenched in
sweat by the time he wakes up. He sleeps without a blanket, but
it appears almost as if the warmth of the mattress and nearby
pillow is enough to make him sweat. Dont know what this
indicates and would be interested to find out!
Our 4 month old has sweaty feet. Her hands and feet have always been on the
clammy side, the temperature of our home isn't to warm or too cold.I thought it was
because of wearing socks so often but just now my husband and I noticed how
sweaty her feet were (and they were out in the open for a while) and so we wiped
them dry and a minute later they were shiny again, it's weird. Anybody have a clue?
I once read an article about rickets in which this doctor said
she noticed a lot of the kids with that disease were sweaty. Your
child's too yound for rickets, I think, but you might want to
make sure she's getting enough vitamin D, especially if you're
nursing. It's a long, long shot, but who knows? She's probably
just a little too warm, since babies seem to run hot.
My 3 1/2 month old baby sweats profusely on his head when he
nurses. Is this normal? Has anyone else had experience with
this? I'm wondering if I should give him extra water or undress
him when he nurses to try to cool him off.
I don't think you need to worry about this at all. My baby did
this, and when I asked the doctor about it, he pointed out that
nursing can be hard work for a baby this age. It went away on its
own a couple of months later.
According to my pediatrician and Barton D. Schmitt (''Your Child's
Health''), babies don't normally need supplemental water. But
YOU do, if the weather is hot. You might check his temperature
to see if it's elevated, and drink more water or undress him as
needed. Does your baby have the
appropriate number of wet diapers? That's the normal way to tell
if a baby is getting enough fluids.
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