Child Sweating – Young Age Hyperhidrosis:

Excessive hand sweating, also known as palmar hyperhidrosis, can appear at a very young age. Children as young as 6 can have problems with excessive hand sweating, which is often poorly understood by their parents, teachers, and schoolmates. This can very stressful, and creates a lot of functional and social problems in their everyday lives. The surgical solution cannot be considered at a very young age like this. Dr. Reisfeld believes that children suffering from hyperhidrosis should be supported by their families, while they try any conservative measures available.

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Even though surgical treatment was offered to children as young as 10 years of age in the past, it was observed that the recurrence rate in younger age groups is higher. Dr. Reisfeld believes that within this age group (10-14 years old), the bodies regeneratives abilities are much more pronounced which would explain the higher rate of recurrence.

During these younger years and time of growth the body has more ways to change. Because of that, Dr. Reisfeld at present limits the surgical treatment to patients who reach mental and physical maturity (Over 14 to 15 years of age).

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The surgical approach should be reserved for only severe cases once the child enters maturity. This should be determined with your doctor or even better an experienced hyperhidrosis surgeon who understands the topic fully. The decision to perform sympathectomy in younger age groups should NOT be done on an emotional basis. The decision should only be made after careful consideration.

Since Hyperhidrosis is known to be a genetic disorder, the clinical manifestations can come at a very young age. Having hyperhidrosis will cause problems to the affected child, and to their family. Affected children can experience not only embarrassing comments from their peers, but also some misunderstanding from their parents, teachers, and other adult instructors.

This in turn can aggravate the negative impact on the child. Stories about affected children who did not want to go back to school or failed in their classes is something we’ve heard in the past.

The treatment for children affected severely by hyperhidrosis or excessive hand sweating should be discussed with both the family and the child. First, the families should understand the problem by discussing the situation with an appropriate medical care provider. They should understand this is a physiological issue, and not a mental problem with their child.

The affected children, on the other hand, should be supported as much as possible by explaining and re-enforcing the fact that there is nothing wrong with them. The most appropriate time for surgical treatment is not yet determined, but physiologically and mentally matured children could be offered a surgical solution after the age of 14. In the mean time, alternative methods are available.

Teenage Hyperhidrosis

For teenagers, the situation becomes more serious due to the social and functional pressures that are more prevalent at this age. Social interaction becomes much more involved at this age and it can cause anxiety and introversion as well. Teenagers become embarrassed of the effects from the condition, such as their sweaty hands or feet.

The use of electronic devices, which has become an imperative part of our lives, can be a serious problem. Having said that, the impact of severe hyperhidrosis is much more acute in this age group. Teenagers choices or motivation for future professions can also be affected by this condition.

Attempts should be made to treat this with conservative measures as we recommend throughout our website. Teenagers become more mature and a decision should be made with them after careful discussions with an appropriate specialist. Only after a careful discussion can a decision be made.

The vast majority of patients from this age group describe their operation as a life changing step.

Younger / Toddler Hyperhidrosis

Depending on your definition of a toddler, the age can range. Obviously even in the very young age group excessive hand sweating can bother those who suffer from it but more so the parents are very concerned. It is our opinion not to perform the ETS procedure in this very young group because the body has not reached any maturation both physical and mental. My recommendation is to wait until the age group where the patient realizes the gravity of their excessive hand sweating.

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  1. Shibu  August 23, 2018

    My son age is 10 years old over sweting at night like head and palm wht is the reason

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  August 24, 2018

      Hi Shibu. I can not tell you the exact reason for your son hands and head sweating. In any case he is too young to offer you any surgical solution. I doubt that your pediatrician gave you any answer for that as well. The fact that it comes at night it is an unusual presentation of hyperhidrosis. I advice you just to wait for another 1-2 years and see if he develop hyperhidrosis. If you live in the US you can call us at 310-557-3037. Thanks

  2. Lily  July 21, 2018

    Hi, i am a 15 year old girl and everyday my armpits and hands get sweaty. by first class of the day during school my armpits make it look like i have come back from a 3 mile run or something! and when i go to soccer practice, as soon as i step outside i start sweating a lot and it makes me self conscious. i have been wearing a jacket to school everyday for almost 2 years now to cover up the sweat, and it makes me uncomfortable to have to wear it in the heat… deodorant doesn’t help either… what do i do!?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  July 23, 2018

      Hi Lily. What bothers you the most,the arm pit sweating or the excessive hand sweating? in order to clear this question and if you live in the US please give us a call so we can shed more light on your problem with regard to the excessive sweating. You can call at 310 557 3037. Thanks

  3. Roua  May 16, 2018

    hello im a 13 year old and my hands ,arms and arm pit alot sometimes i cnt een control my phone because it will be full of my sweaty hands only my feet were sweating when i was young could you tell me what should i do .thank you

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  May 16, 2018

      Hi Roua. From the e mail address you provided I realize that you live in Libya. From what you describe you suffer from severe case of hyperhidrosis. It is very difficult to go and cover this topic of excessive sweating with an e mail answer. If you and parents can call me I`ll explain it better. Thanks.

  4. Scarlet Mick  November 4, 2017

    Hello there. We live in Colorado. My 16 year old son has it in his hands, and now his feet. He is so embarrassed and upset. Wondering why him. I have tried to look for someone in our area that specializes in this and I can’t find anyone. Can someone call me to discuss options for him?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  November 5, 2017

      Hi Scarlet. In order to establish some sort of a clinical judgement about your son and his case of hyperhidrosis it will be better if you can call us at 310 557 3037. I can discus with you the level of excessive sweating and we can talk about the options you have.
      Will look forward to your call. Thanks

  5. Mike  October 20, 2017

    hi, my name is mike and I am from Ghana. Been having this heavy sweaty hands and feet since I was born and I’m 25 now. will it ever stop? Its embarrassing and cost me my whole social activities. How will I reach you and what can I do.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  October 20, 2017

      Hi Mike . Unfortunately you are so far away from us so you will have to look for a surgical treatment for hyperhidrosis to a place that is closer to you.
      You can call us in the US if you want to discuss your case. Thanks

      • Mike  October 20, 2017

        Thank you for your prompt response. I wanted to ask if it will be ok by you for me to get in touch with you through any social media account like watsapp or fb so I can ask personal questions. I need your Thank you for your prompt response. I wanted to ask if it will be ok by you for me to get in touch with you through any social media account like watsapp or fb so I can ask personal questions. I need your help.

  6. Elizabeth  June 29, 2017

    i am a 15 year old girl and my hands and feet sweat a lot. when i sweat usually my feet and hands get very cold almost like ice. i struggle with this because i do sports and my hands sweat non-stop the whole time. i have to wear socks all the time and i rarely wear flip flops because my feet will leave sweat. i have to grab onto my shirt with my hands because i have to dry them off, which barely helps dry them out at all. i’m asking on here, because i might just be overdramatic towards this. it has been happening for a few years. i’m just really desperate to get rid of it or just know some ways to get rid of it, because it’s really agitating and frustrates me so much. washing my hands only helps for a few minutes. my sister has the same problem but i think mines worse. i don’t know if it’s because i’m a teenager and there’s hormones or it’s stuff to do with puberty. i’m just so sick of how annoying it is. when i clench my fists puddles of sweat form and during school when i write with pencils sweat forms up in puddles too.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  June 29, 2017

      Hi Elizabeth. What you are describing is a typical case of focal hyperhidrosis. I know exactly how much it affects your social and functional skills. Since you are a minor it will be a good idea for you to call us at 310 557 3037 together with your parents so we can discuss your problem with hyperhidrosis. Thanks

  7. Mbali  April 12, 2017

    my son is 6 and he has wet feet. The feet is also stinking especially when he comes from school. He’s been wearing school shoes the whole day , when he took it out its smells bad.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  April 12, 2017

      Your son is too young for the Lumbar sympathectomy I offer for patients with excessive feet sweating. Thanks

  8. Gina  June 10, 2016

    My daughter is 8 and has suffered from severe sweating specially on her head since she was little, to a point that it starts to drip as if someone has just poured water all over her head. Her friends at school have been calling her all sorts of names (luckily, she doesn’t take any notice of them) specially during their PE and even more so, on a very hot day.
    Is there anything we can do at this stage?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  June 10, 2016

      Excessive hand and feet sweating can start very early in life and it can cause social and functional problems for those affected. Unfortunately your daughter is too young for any surgical intervention. You should give all the support you can. The earliest I can advice her to have the surgery is around 13-14 years of age. Good luck.

  9. Kate  May 19, 2016

    My son is 5yrs old and i observed that both hands and feet are sweaty sometimes. Early in the morning when he woke up, sometimes he will complain that his hands are wet already. He like to thumbsuck. We discourage him to stop thumbsucking but sometimes he forgot. In my side, sometimes my hands and feet are both sweating but not that much, usually it will occur during afternoon. I hate wearing slippers because when my feet started sweating, my feet will get dirty…. Does my son inherit my sweaty hands and feet? what will i do to help my son as this early age of him. By the way, we kept changing his clothes every now and then because his back is sweating also especially if he played much…. What will i do?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  May 19, 2016

      From the mail you sent it looks like that your son inherited the hyperhidrosis genes from you. It is too early to predict to what level it will develop so in the mean time there is nothing to do for him with regard to his excessive sweating. As he gets older you will see as to the level of his problem. Thanks

  10. Dennis  May 4, 2016

    My daughter will turn 14 on June 7, 2016, she is experiencing excessive sewing in her arm pits and is becoming very self conches and uncomfortable when in school and around crowds. I was wondering if it would be recommended for her to have botox injection’s to treat this condition at her young age. My family Doctor says she’s ok to have it done but I am not completely sold and am looking for a second opinion from somebody who specializes in this field. Any information or recommendation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Dennis

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  May 4, 2016

      For isolated arm pits sweating you can try the Botox injections. This is a temporary solution but can be tried.

  11. Aby  March 17, 2016

    My daughter has had sweaty hands and feet since being a baby. She is now 5. Sometimes we see wet footprints on the floor when it is at its worst.

    It seems to come and go and is not constant. She is due a hospital appointment because she has been complaining of her back and tummy hurting. And recently we found a small amount of blood in her urine. Tests have showed nothing.

    I really don’t know what is wrong with her or what to do about it. The doctor seems at a loss too and I am hoping the hospital appointment will help. Should I take her to see a nutritionist as well? Any advise would be great!

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  April 23, 2016

      Thank you for the comment Aby. Indeed hyperhidrosis can start at a very young age. Some parents will tell that the hands and feet of their babies are noticeably wet at times. Later on in grade school these presentations of sweat become even more obvious and also bothersome. The question of what is the right age to offer treatment will come eventually. In the younger age groups up to about 13/14 attempts should first be given to conservative treatments such as lotions or pills. Even though the success rate the dismal with those approaches they should be tried. Around the world the earliest surgical intervention was described at the age of 10 but we believe that between the ages of 13-14 is an appropriate age to consider the surgical method. Physical and mental maturity a large determining factor in making the decision.

  12. Center For Hyperhidrosis  January 26, 2015

    If your hands are sweaty enough to the point of dripping than most likely you are suffering from primary hyperhidrosis. You can try some conservative measures such as lotions or pills or electrical devices. The success rate with those conservative methods is very limited.The surgical options should be taken if those fail. You can read all the information on our web site sweaty-palms.com . Thanks