Night Sweats in Children
When your child is waking up hot and sweaty, night after night, it can be a frustrating and even worrying time. While night sweats can affect anyone at any age, night sweats in children are more common because of their reduced ability to regulate their own body temperature.
What’s more, when little ones sleep badly, so do mum and dad! Fortunately, there are steps you can take to relieve the sweating and help your child get a better night’s sleep. Let’s find out what causes night sweats in children, and what you can do to help ease the discomfort for your little ones.
What causes night sweats in children?
As with adults, night sweats in children can be caused by a variety of factors, including certain types of medication, an infection, or an underlying medical condition. For this reason, it is always worth checking with your doctor if your child suddenly begins experiencing sweating symptoms at night.
One of the main causes of night sweats in children, however, is simply that the child’s body has not yet developed the ability to properly regulate temperature. Adults and children tend to warm up more in the deeper stages of sleep. However, for little ones this can be more problematic, due to their immature temperature regulation systems and a greater proportion of sweat glands compared to body size. The result is a hot, clammy body which can wake them in the night. While this can affect children of any age, babies and toddlers are even less able to regulate their own temperature.
Excessive sweating at night is often caused by a combination of this inability to regulate temperature and a sleeping environment which is simply too warm.
How to stop night sweats in children
If you’re worried about your child sweating in their sleep, there are a few simple steps you can take to help your child sweat less and get a better night’s sleep:
How wool bedding can ease night sweats in children
- Dress your child in natural nightwear: Choose cotton pyjamas rather than polyester or viscose ones, as the natural cotton fibre is more breathable and can help to stop them becoming clammy. The natural fibre is also better able to absorb sweat, minimising the likelihood that they’ll wake up.
- Choose light bedding: It makes a lot of sense to us as parents that if we’ve switched over to a higher tog duvet for the cooler months, so should our children. However, toddlers should have no more than a 3-4 tog duvet year round and 3-10 year olds don't need much more either. Babies shouldn’t have a duvet at all – instead they should sleep in a sleeping bag until 24 months old. It’s also worth remembering that babies shouldn’t sleep with a pillow until they are at least 12 months old.
- Choose wool bedding: A lower tog duvet is a great place to start but for optimal performance invest in a natural wool duvet for your little one. Wool is particularly effective for dealing with night sweats in children as it is able to regulate temperature, keeping your little one cool when they’re warm. It is also highly absorbent – even more so than cotton – allowing it to absorb up to a third of its weight in moisture. This means it draws the sweat away from your child’s body while they sleep, reducing the sticky, clammy feeling which often causes them to wake.
- Keep heating turned down: As with choosing the right weight of duvet, it’s a good idea to make sure your heating is set to a level which is comfortable not just for you, but for your children too. While we appreciate it's difficult, we advise that your young ones sleeping environment is 17-20 degrees celsius and with an ideal humidity of 45%.
- Looking for ways to help stop night sweats in children? Wool bedding is a great way to keep your child cool and comfortable. As well as preventing overheating it wicks moisture away, reducing the chances that your child will wake up sweaty and cranky. If that wasn't enough, wool bedding from Woolroom is also hypoallergenic and dust mite free, making it suitable for little ones with allergies too. It’s even machine washable, making it easy to keep clean.
Many parents have turned to our wool bedding to help their children sleep. Here are what just a few of them have to say: “I bought wool baby bedding for my son who wasn't sleeping well, now and every time I pick him up from his cot, he feels pleasantly warm but never hot or sweaty. He is very comfortable and stable in terms of his body temperature regulation. This determines not only good sound sleep but his susceptibility/resistance to colds and other diseases.”
“My youngest son suffered badly with night sweats waking every night at a similar time and of course waking Mum or Dad. We changed from a feather duvet and cotton mattress protector to a wool duvet and wool mattress protector, amazingly this solved the problem overnight. No more waking up Mum and Dad!”
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