Does your child suffer from bouts of sudden perspiration? Do you notice his face turn red as if he were blushing? If you have observed such changes in your child, then he might be suffering from hot flashes. Yes, you heard it right! Your child experiences intense feeling of feverish heat in different parts of the body. Scroll down and read about how hot flashes in children.
What Are Hot Flashes?
A hot flash is a feeling of warmth or intense heat that spreads all over the body and is accompanied by perspiration or flushing. Though, this feeling spreads throughout the body, it is prominent in some particular regions of the body viz. neck and head regions. So, if your child is suffering from hot flashes, he will have a sudden outbreak of sweat in his upper body.
What Causes Hot Flashes In Children?
There are various reasons for Hot Flushes in children. Such sudden strokes may result from any medical condition or due to a reaction to any medicine. Following are some of the common reasons of Hot Flashes in children:
1. Hormonal Changes:
There are sudden changes in the hormonal levels at the time of puberty. The reproductive system also undergoes changes both in girls as well as boys. Thus, hot flashes are common occurrences at this stage of development.
2. Body Thermostat:
Changes in the thermostat or body temperature of your child’s body; the hypothalamus becomes more sensitive to slight changes in body temperature.
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3. Side-Effects Of Medication:
If your child is on medication for some medical condition, then you will observe hot flushes. Some medicines stimulate hormonal changes that can lead to hot flushes. Even if your child stops taking her medicines, the symptoms will be visible for some time. However, if the feeling of flushes continues for a considerable duration, then please consult your doctor.
There are certain disorders that also cause hot flushes in children. For instance, if your child is suffering from Epilepsy and is prone to seizures, then he will suffer from hot flashes as well during the seizures.
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A phobia is a feeling of fear for a thing or a situation. If your child is suffering from any phobia, then it is likely that he will have a sudden outbreak of perspiration and the feeling of warmth all over his body.
6. Spicy Food:
These days kids gorge on spicy and junk food. Such foods also aggravate the condition of hot flushes.
Hot flushes usually stop within four to five years in children. But if they persist for longer consult your pediatrician, as it might signal an underlying medical condition (1).
Symptoms Of Hot Flashes In Children:
The frequency of child hot flashes varies, i.e. two kids will show different levels and durations of hot flushes. Also, your child himself will have varied levels of hot flushes i.e. he may have a few or many in a day depending on the causes of such flushes. Also, hot flushes are common during the night than in the day.
Following are the common symptoms that your child will experience during a hot flush:
- Increase in the heartbeat.
- A warm feeling spreads in the upper parts of the body.
- The skin color becomes red during a hot flush as if your child is blushing.
- When the hot flush subsides, there is a feeling of chilling in the body.
- If your child has a hot flush, then he will start sweating. Also, perspiration is mostly on the upper body.
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Treating Hot Flashes In Children:
If your child is suffering from hot flushes, then your doctor will suggest treatment method for him depending on the causes and symptoms of your child. He will also take into account any past medical history of your child and will suggest the treatment accordingly. Following are some of the common treatment methods for Hot Flashes.
If your child shows signs of hot flushes then, he will be given antidepressants. Such medicines, when given in small doses prove effective in decreasing hot flushes. Examples of such antidepressants are:
- Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem)
- Venlafaxine (Effexor XR, Pristiq)
- Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva)
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2. Hormone Therapy:
If your young girl has frequent attacks of hot flushes, then a dose of hormones Estrogen and Progesterone will prove beneficial. However, if you have a family history of uterus or breast cancer, then Estrogen therapy for your young girl is not a good option.
Did you come across hot flashes in child anytime? How did you treat it? Tell us about your story below.
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