My baby sweats a lot when he falls asleep, what is the reason?

May 8, 2023

  A mother left me a message saying: My child is four months old and I find that he sweats a lot when he sleeps, is this a deficiency or is he sick? Should I go to the hospital for a checkup? And last week, once after falling asleep, he suddenly woke up crying loudly, and no matter how to soothe him, it took a long time.
Is there something wrong with your child's body when it comes to sleeping? Or is there a micronutrient deficiency? We can discuss this issue in depth.
Baby sweating is divided into two main categories:

  1. Physiological sweating
   The head and neck sweat easily within half an hour after going to sleep, and rarely after an hour. Small babies have a high metabolism and some children move around before going to sleep so they sweat a lot in the early stages of sleep. Physiological sweating is a sign of good development and good health. In addition, some parents cover their children too tightly or too thickly, and breastfeeding before going to bed will make the baby sweat a lot during sleep.

  (1). milk sleep will make the baby produce a lot of heat, so eat milk and sleep half an hour apart.
  (2). do not sleep with the bedroom temperature too high, do not wear thick clothes 3, sleep, quilt with the temperature change in time to increase or decrease.
  (3). cover from under the neck is easy to sweat, the correct approach is to cover the quilt from the armpit, arms outside the quilt.
  (4). Don't play strenuous sports before bedtime and don't feed your child too much food.

2. Pathological sweating
  Calcium deficiency sweats more in the middle of the night before going to bed and is still sweating within 2~3 hours after going to bed. Mainly head sweating, easy to wake up at night and more often, shaking head when sleeping, resulting in hair loss and occipital baldness, more night terrors.
  Countermeasure: Do a bone alkaline phosphatase test and take vitamin D supplement, vitamin D + calcium in time, the symptoms will be controlled and the sweating problem will be relieved.
3. Tuberculosis
  In this case, the baby sweats not only in the first half of the night, but also until he or she wakes up, which may be due to pediatric tuberculosis. This is usually accompanied by a low fever, lack of energy, low appetite, flushed cheeks, and sweating during the day with a little activity.

   Countermeasure: Take an X-ray of the lungs or perform a tuberculin test to determine if your child has tuberculosis. With the widespread availability of vaccines, the chances of getting tuberculosis have been greatly reduced.

4. Weak

  Chest and back sweating is mainly due to improper feeding and poor digestion and absorption.
  Countermeasures: Adjust the feeding method, improve the baby's appetite, increase the intake of protein, sugar and fat appropriately, and regulate the spleen and stomach with medicine if necessary.

Note: Your child's night sweats are not the same as simple sweating, which requires careful attention from the mother. I will mention the following points that need attention:

1. Keep the skin dry. Take care to change your sweaty child's clothes and blankets regularly and wipe his or her body with a soft cotton cloth at all times to keep the skin dry. When the child is sweating, do not wait for the clothes to warm up and dry on their own, but replace them in time; avoid blowing directly into the wind to avoid catching a cold.

2. More hydration. Sweating is prone to dryness of the child's mouth and tongue and health damage, so give the child more water and feed him/her with a variety of nutritious foods to ensure the metabolic needs. The diet should be light to avoid increased sweating.

3. Eat a rich diet. For children with night sweats, it is not advisable to treat them with supplements blindly. Mothers can mix nutritious meals to help their children relieve the symptoms of night sweats, and it is recommended to give them more green vegetables and fresh fruits.

4. Patient conditioning. The mother gives the child massage and massage every day, and slowly tones the body with warm tonic.



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