If your baby seems to be sweating a lot, don’t panic just yet!
Babies do sweat, there are a few reasons for this, some sweating is normal and some may be for unhealthy reasons, so let’s have a look.
During sleep, we all sweat during the stage of deep sleep. Because babies sleep more, they can therefore sweat more. Whilst in the deep stages of sleep we move less, and sweat more.
The sweat glands in newborn babies’ heads are the only functioning sweat glands for the first few weeks, the rest don’t kick in until a little later. So this is where you’ll notice the first sweating, and being the only place they can sweat, their head can seem like it is sweating more than ‘normal’.
The function of sweat is to regulate body temperature. Ensure that the room a baby is sleeping in is between 64 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit or 18 and 21 degrees Celsius. Try using a thermostat if you are using a heater in a babies room in order to regulate the room temperature and avoid the room getting too hot.
Dressing a baby in fabrics that aren’t natural can also cause sweating. Polyester and fluffy fleece may seem nice and warm to touch, but they are a synthetic material and don’t allow the skin to ‘breathe’ increasing the risk of overheating. These are also highly flammable!
Cotton and merino are breathable so are the best option. These are the safest and are also easy to wash and care for.
There can be health issues that cause sweating in babies such as heart and nervous system problems, although there are usually other concerning signs such as lack of weight gain and unusual skin colour.
As always, consult your baby’s doctor if you are at all concerned about any of these.