What causes night sweat in children and how to deal with it!

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What causes night sweat in children and how to deal with it!

It has been proven that children require adequate sleep at night for healthy physical and cognitive development. As parents, we make it a point to follow the golden rule of getting our children to sleep for 8 hours per day. The assurance that your child is getting enough sleep is the only way for you to sleep soundly.

However, if you notice that your child is uncomfortable in their sleep or is unable to fall asleep for long periods, you should be concerned. Night sweats in children could be one of the causes of sleep deprivation. Even if their child does not have a fever, parents often become concerned when they see their child's nightgown drenched in sweat.

Night sweating in children is not uncommon. There are many causes of night sweats, so try to figure out what is causing them so you can work on resolving them.

 

Symptoms of night sweat in kids:

Sweating at night can indicate a variety of conditions. Your child may be fine and dry throughout the day, but while they are fast asleep, they may have:

 

  • Local sweating: This is a lot of sweating in one spot. This could be limited to just the scalp or the entire head, face, and neck. You may discover that your child's pillow is wet while their bed is dry. While sleeping, older children may only sweat in their armpits.
  • General sweating: This is a lot of sweating all over the body. Your child's sheets and pillow are sweaty, and their clothing is soaked, but they did not wet the bed.

 

In addition to sweating, your child may exhibit the following symptoms:

  • face or body flushed or red 
  • warm hands or body 
  • shivers or clammy skin (due to being soaked in sweat)
  • grumpiness or tears in the middle of the night due to excessive sweating
  • sleepiness during the day due to excessive sweating at night

 

Causes of night sweat in kids:

Night sweating can be classified into two types based on the cause:

  • Primary sweating is sweating for no apparent reason or because you are overheated.
  • Secondary sweating is typically sweating all over due to a medical condition.

 

WARM ROOM

Children of all ages experience night sweats. They are common in infants and toddlers. Tucking your child into bed with too many blankets or in an overly warm room can exacerbate night sweating. Little ones have not yet figured out how to wiggle out of bulky clothing and bedding.

As a reminder, babies under the age of one should not have any pillows, blankets, or other items in their crib.

 

NO REASON

Even though you have turned down the heat and your child is wearing a light flannel onesie, they are still leaving damp sweat marks on their pillow. Night sweats in children can occur for no apparent reason.

Because they are smaller humans, your toddler or young child has more sweat glands per square foot than adults. Furthermore, their tiny bodies have not yet mastered the art of balancing body temperature as expertly as adult bodies have. This can result in nighttime sweating for no apparent reason.

 

GENETICS

On a genetic level, your mini-me may be a miniature version of you. If you tend to sweat a lot, it may run in your family. Your child may have the same healthy genes that cause sweat glands to work excessively.

 

COMMON COLD

Your child's nighttime sweats could be the result of a cold. The common cold is typically a virus infection. Colds are most common in children under the age of six, but everyone gets a cold two or three times a year. Symptoms typically last about a week.

Other cold symptoms that your child may experience include:

 

  • runny nose, stuffy nose
  • sinus congestion 
  • Sneezing
  • a sore throat
  • a cough
  • body aches (though this is more often associated with the flu)

 

NOSE, THROAT, AND LUNG HEALTH

Night sweating in children may also be associated with other common health problems. These are most likely related to the nose, throat, and lungs — the respiratory system.

Not every child with these medical conditions will experience night sweats. However, children who had night sweats were more likely to have other health issues, such as:

  • Allergies \ asthma
  • Allergies cause runny noses 
  • Allergic skin reactions such as eczema.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Tonsillitis 
  • Hyperactivity
  • Anger or temper issues

With a few exceptions, you can see that the majority of these involve the nose, throat, or lungs.

 

HORMONE CHANGES

Because of hormonal changes, older children may experience night sweats. Puberty can begin as early as 8 years of age for girls and 9 years of age for boys. For parents, this often-feared change begins with more hormones.

To begin with, puberty can cause more general sweating or just nighttime sweating. The difference is that the sweat may have a — ahem — smell to it. If your child begins to have body odor, the cause of the night sweats could be puberty making an appearance in your child's life.

 

SENSITIVE OR INFLAMED LUNGS

Now we're getting into more serious territory, but keep in mind that these things are also quite rare.

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) is a type of allergy-like lung inflammation (swelling and redness). It can occur as a result of inhaling dust or mold.

This condition can affect both adults and children. HP may appear to be pneumonia or a chest infection, but it is not an infection and does not respond to antibiotics.

HP can start 2 to 9 hours after inhaling dust or mold. Symptoms usually go away on their own after 1 to 3 days if the source is removed. Children with asthma and other allergies are more likely to develop HP.

Along with night sweats, your child may experience the following symptoms:

  • Coughing, 
  • shortness of breath, 
  • fever, 
  • and fatigue 

 

TREATMENT OF NIGHT SWEATS IN KIDS

Your child most likely does not require any treatment. Many children, particularly boys, sweat on occasion and even regularly while sleeping.

Try wearing more breathable, lighter pajamas, using lighter bedding, and turning down the heat at night.

If your child has a virus, such as a cold or flu, the night sweats will stop once the virus is gone.

 

CONCLUSION

Children's night sweats can occur for a variety of reasons. Sometimes children, particularly boys, sweat at night for no apparent reason. In most cases, your child will not require treatment for nighttime sweating.

As always, if you have any concerns, consult your pediatrician. They are there to assist you in raising a happy, healthy child.

Buy lightweight clothing and breathable bedding for your kids here. We make pure cotton clothing so that your kid is comfortable and does not sweat at night.

 

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