Could head sweating indicate a bigger problem?
Question: I've noticed that when I go in to check on my son after he's gone to sleep that his head and pillow are damp from sweat. Is this normal?
Dr. Wright: Head sweating is one of the symptoms of rickets, a severe vitamin D deficiency disease that usually occurs in childhood. But over 20 years ago, Dr. Joseph T. Hart discovered that it doesn't necessarily indicate full-blown rickets. He found that head sweating could also be a sign of a less-severe vitamin D deficiency.
Talk to your child's doctor to rule out any other possible causes. If everything checks out, you may want to consider starting him on a vitamin D supplement, or increasing the dosage of any vitamin D supplements he might already be taking.
Dr. Hart found that a dose of 1,200 IU of vitamin D per day generally clears up any deficiency and the symptoms -- like head sweating -- that accompany it.
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Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. has degrees from both Harvard University (cum laude) and the University of Michigan. More than any other doctor, he practically invented the modern science of applied nutritional biochemistry and he has advanced nutritional medicine for nearly three decades.
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