Excessive sweating in children

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Excessive sweating is known in the medical world as hyperhidrosis. This is a condition that can affect children as young as 6 or 7 years old. There are treatment options available to help children who experience excessive sweating.

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Effects

Excessive sweating can be traumatic for children. It has the potential to create functional and social problems for the children who experience it. Hyperhidrosis often presents itself as excessive sweating of the hands among young children.

Treatments

There are a number of moderate treatments that children who have problems with excessive sweating can try. One of the most popular treatments is the use of lotions to slow down the production of sweat. Another treatment, Iontophoresis, involves the use of a battery-operated device to provide a small amount of electrical current to the hands and feet. This temporarily blocks sweat glands.

Considerations

Although some who suffer from hyperhidrosis can have surgery to cut down on their excessive sweating, this is generally not an option for children. In many cases, doctors recommend more moderate treatments until children are in their mid- or late teenage years, when surgery might be more effective.

Prevention/Solution

There are some things a child can do to minimise the amount that he sweats. A child who wears light clothing, uses air conditioners or fans and avoids spicy foods can decrease his sweat production.

Misconceptions

Some parents believe that their child sweats a lot because he or she is nervous or has some kind of mental condition that makes him apprehensive. The fact is that hyperhidrosis is a purely physiological issue and has nothing to do with timidness or a lack in self-confidence in children.

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