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A 'hot-blooded' child?

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Julie Loe

Question:

My daughter seems to be hot blooded. She won't sleep under the covers, only on top of them. She peels off her clothes at every opportunity. Do some kids have higher body temperatures?

Answer:

This is pretty common in toddlers, and not usually a sign of a health problem. Your daughter probably has a higher metabolism, and burns calories more quickly. She may be very active and fidgety.

Try dressing her in several light layers, so she can "peel" to a comfortable level. At night you might want to have her just wear a light cotton pair of pajamas, and have a light weight blanket instead of a comforter.

Occasionally, over heating can indicate a health problem, such as in overweight children, or an overactive thyroid gland. signs of a thyroid disorder include weight loss, learning difficulties, irritability, hand tremors and sometimes bulging eyes. This is not a common problem.

Your daughter is probably perfectly healthy. If you have any concerns ask you pediatrician for additional information.

Best Wishes,
Julie Loe

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