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Causes of Cold Sweat in Babies

Babies often experience cold sweat because they have not been able to regulate body temperature properly. Therefore, this condition is normal for babies. Cold sweat can appear in several parts of the body, such as the soles of the feet and hands or armpits.

Causes of Cold Sweat in Babies


However, cold sweat can sometimes also occur when the baby has specific health problems. Thus, parents must also remain vigilant.

Some Causes of Cold Sweat in Babies

Cold sweat in babies can occur when they are in a hot or cold room. This condition is not dangerous and does not make the baby feel disturbed.

However, sometimes cold sweat in infants can also be caused by diseases or certain medical conditions. The following are various causes of cold sweat in babies to watch out for:

1. Shock

Shock is a condition when blood pressure drops very dramatically so that the function of organs is disrupted because it does not receive enough oxygen or blood. In infants, shock can be caused by dehydration or severe infection. If not treated immediately, this condition can damage the body's organs and threaten lives.

2. Sepsis

This condition can make the blood clot and make blood flow in the body not smooth so that the body's organs and tissues have difficulty getting blood and oxygen. Babies with sepsis can experience cold sweat and other symptoms, such as convulsions, fever, weakness, refusal to suckle, shortness of breath, and pale.

3. Hypoglycemia

Glucose is the main source of energy for the body. When blood sugar levels decrease, the body will lack energy and cannot function properly. This condition is referred to as hypoglycemia.

In infants, hypoglycemia can be caused by premature birth, severe infections, low birth weight, born from mothers who have diabetes, cold, and congenital abnormalities (congenital disabilities), such as congenital heart disease.

4. Lack of oxygen

Cold sweat can appear in the body's response when the brain lacks oxygen. Lack of oxygen or hypoxia in infants can be caused by certain diseases or medical conditions, such as shortness of breath, severe infections, anemia, and head injuries at birth.

5. Congenital heart disease

Heart defects or congenital heart defects in babies can make blood flow problematic, so the supply of oxygen to organs and tissues of the body is reduced.

Babies suffering from congenital heart disease can experience cold sweat when they are being fed or when crying. Congenital heart defects can also make a baby's skin look pale and bluish.

6. Overheating

Swaddling or blanket that is too restraining the baby's body can make it hot also increase the risk of sudden infant death.

So that the baby does not sweat a lot, set the bedroom temperature around 20–22 degrees Celsius and make sure the baby is wearing clothes that are comfortable and can absorb sweat. Also, make sure the baby gets enough fluid or breast milk to prevent it from dehydration.

It has been explained before that cold sweat in infants is a common condition. As long as cold sweat does not make the baby look fussy, weak, or tight and pale, the condition is not dangerous.

However, if the baby experiences cold sweat accompanied by other symptoms, such as looking pale and limp, skin and lips appear bluish, shortness of breath, dry lips, and do not want to eat or suckle, it is recommended to consult the doctor.

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