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Toddlers & Baby Sweaty Feet: Is It Hyperhidrosis?

While often normal, learn the signs concerning baby sweaty feet and try tips to keep little feet cool and dry

a man in a white shirt and blue and pink suspenders
By Babafemi Adebajo
Caitlin Snethlage
Edited by Caitlin Snethlage

Published February 11, 2024.

Baby's sweaty feet: a toddler walking barefoot across a bed.

While foot health is crucial for childhood development, sweaty feet in babies are often nothing to worry about. Young children have immature glands, making them sweat more quickly than adults. It's normal, especially for active toddlers or in warm environments.

But, excessive sweating could indicate hyperhidrosis. Worrying if your baby's feet seem extra damp is natural, so let's understand the standard patterns to help ease your mind.

What’s Normal for a Baby’s Sweaty Feet?

Unlike adults, toddlers' sweat glands are still developing, and damp feet are a natural way for their bodies to cool down. They have a higher metabolism, which makes them heat up faster.

Crawling, exploring, and playing are hard work. Sweating helps their bodies stay cool during these energy-intensive activities. Hot weather, stuffy rooms, and warm clothes can also trigger it.

Did you know?

Hands and feet have a much higher density of glands than other body areas, making them naturally more prone to sweating.

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Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis in Kids

Hyperhidrosis refers to excessive sweating beyond the body's regular need for temperature regulation. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, your little one may get symptoms such as:

  • Excessively sweaty feet: More than occasional post-play moisture, consider if their feet remain damp even in cool environments or during minimal activity.
  • Skin changes: Skin turns soft, white, and peels in certain areas
  • Interference with everyday activities: Does sweating cause difficulty in your toddler's day-to-day activities?

Causes of Hyperhidrosis in Kids

  • Nerve signalling issues: In some cases, nerve signals controlling sweat glands become overactive, triggering excessive sweating.
  • Underlying medical conditions: In rare instances, hyperhidrosis can be the result of thyroid or neurological issues or the use of certain medications.

Note: Consult a medical professional if you're concerned about excessive sweating impacting your child's life. They can assess the situation and recommend appropriate treatment options.

Baby sweaty feet: a child standing on a mat on the floor.

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Hyperhidrosis in Kids: What You Can Do About It

Early intervention and addressing the underlying causes are crucial for effective management. Here are some ways to help treat the symptoms:

  • Maintain good hygiene. Start with a daily foot-washing ritual using lukewarm water and gentle, fragrance-free soap. Remember the spaces between the toes, where moisture can build and cause irritation.
  • Dress your child in breathable clothing and use AC to avoid overheating them in warm environments.
  • Limit sugary drinks and spicy foods, which contribute to increasing overall body temperature and sweating. Offer water as the primary way to stay hydrated without triggering excessive sweating.
  • Relaxation techniques like deep breathing can improve blood flow, thus regulating temperature more efficiently and reducing the need for sweating to cool down.
  • Let your baby play barefoot indoors on a clean surface so their sweaty feet can breathe freely and air out naturally.
  • Opt for shoes and socks made from natural fibres like cotton or wool to promote air circulation and absorb moisture while avoiding synthetic materials that trap sweat.
  • Ensure your little one's shoes fit well, as tightness can contribute to sweating and discomfort by restricting blood flow. Also, wash your toddler's sneakers regularly and leave enough time for each pair to dry completely before reuse.

Talk to a paediatrician or dermatologist if the above steps don't provide sufficient relief. They can assess the severity of your child's hyperhidrosis and recommend more specialised solutions, which could include topical antiperspirants, iontophoresis, or botulinum toxin injections.

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When To Seek Help

Consult your paediatrician if your child experiences:

  • A sudden increase in sweating that wasn't previously present.
  • Additional symptoms like fever, unexplained weight loss, or skin changes.
  • Sweating disrupts daily life, e.g., difficulty wearing shoes and sleep disturbances.
  • Excessive sweating, even during rest or in cool environments.
  • Family history of hyperhidrosis.
Baby sweaty feet: a close up of a toddler's foot.

Keeping Tiny Toes Cool and Dry

Remember, sweaty feet in babies are often nothing to worry about. Their developing bodies are learning to regulate temperature, and active play naturally produces moisture. However, excessive sweating can indicate an underlying condition like hyperhidrosis.

By understanding the difference and knowing when to seek professional help, you can ensure your little explorer keeps cool, comfortable, and confident on their adventures.

To help your baby's sweaty feet, First Walkers toddlers' shoe collections offers breathable, comfortable sneakers specially designed for playful, growing feet. Browse our wide range of carefully designed shoes to find the perfect fit for your little ones.

The information in this article isn't a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have concerns about your child's sweating, please consult a paediatrician.


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