Why My Baby Has Hot Hands And Feet But Body Temperature is Normal?

It is quite normal of you to focus your attention on your baby's temperature of feet soles and palms of hand varies with the rest of the body.

Hi mummies, daddies, and well-wishers…

Today we will discuss and clear all your doubts about the variation in temperature in your baby.

Beauty always lies in the eyes of the beholder but when it comes to babies everyone falls in love with them. Babies are very sensitive and thus everyone is quite attentive and alert when it comes to their well-being.

Many a time a question might have made you curious i.e., why the temperature of feet and hands of a baby are warmer i.e., it varies with the rest of the body.  Keep on reading to know how this condition might affect your baby.

Causes of Warm Palms Of Hands And Feet Soles

Causes of Warm Palms Of Hands And Feet Soles

Firstly the temperature variation is quite normal and your baby is totally fine. There is no need for you to be stressed until the hands are warm and not hot. The causes of the hot hands and feet of your baby include…

1. External/Room Temperature

The body varies its temperature according to the external temperature. You may have noticed that in the summer season the temp of the body is slightly warmer. On the contrary, in the winter season, the body gets cold.

Babies easily adapt to the changing environment and thus their soles and palms get warm with temperature increasing. Thus the external temp may be held responsible for the warm hands and feet of the baby.

2. Physical Activities

With each day passing a baby becomes more active and gets involved in all kinds of playful activities.  He/She will crawl, creep, and do all those hand movements. These activities involve excessive movements of hands and legs which increases blood flow leaving the soles and palms of the baby warm.

3. Teething

Teething in babies generally occurs between 6 to 24 months of age. Symptoms of teething include irritability, tender, and swollen gums, fever, and the infant wanting to place objects or fingers into the mouth. Thus teething in babies is also found to be a potential cause of warm hands and feet.

4. Infections

Even the smallest cuts or wounds allow the inflow of bacteria that causes infections.  Such infections can also trigger an increase in body temperature. The immune system fights such infection by increasing the blood flow there so that the warmth eliminates the heat-sensitive foreign bodies.

5. Weather

The weather outside and in the room may also be responsible for these temperature variations. As the human body adjusts its temperature according to the temperature of the surroundings, these changes in temperature may leave the hands and feet of the baby hot.

How To Check Is Your Baby Overheating?

Checking your baby for the following signs will ensure you, is your baby overheating.

1. Baby’s skin appears red.

2. You can feel the warmth on the forehead of the baby.

3. The baby may look restless and uncomfortable.

4. You will see a change in behavior and eating patterns in the baby.

5. The baby might be lethargic and unresponsive.

6. Ears may turn red and hot.

Your Role As A Parent :

Role As A Parent

One needs to be calm and at the same time active in measuring the temperature of the baby as well as monitoring his/her physical activities. Dr. Harveykarp quoted that it is very important for the parents to know that baby’s clothing and blankets must be according to the room temperature. Overchilling and overheating are not good for the health of a baby. Thus acting wisely will be the only need of the hour when one notices the warm hands and feet of a baby without worrying too much. If your baby’s stomach is hot then you must go through THIS.

What does It Mean For Babies Body?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the baby’s hands and feet should be warm. This warmth suggests that the blood is freely circulating to the very extremities of the baby’s body indicating the well-being of the baby. Moreover, the body regulates the temperature of the different body parts to carry its bodily process.  The warm hands and feet in babies can be due to physical activities. Usually, the blood supply is increased in hands and feet in playful activities. Thus there is no need to worry. And to your knowledge, warm hands and feet are not only normal in babies but also in adults.

How To Treat It?

You really need not worry until the temperature of the hand and feet sole is not too high. The only thing is you must take care that the hands and feet are not under some kind of pressure. If it is bothering you much then hold your baby’s hand below the water tap provided the baby is above 1.5 years of age. And if the body temp shown by the thermometer is normal then you can dip the baby’s hands and feet in cool water. If the temperature of the hand and feet soles does not fall and increases above an extent then it is advised to see a doctor.

Other methods you can try to avoid overheating of baby include…

1. Feed baby with fluids.

For breastfed babies, you cannot measure the fluid intake, but a well-hydrated baby no matter how they are fed will have 6-7 wet nappies every day. Breast milk is the best drink for infants. Alternatively, infant formula milk can be given up to the age of 12months. Avoid feeding tea, sparkling water, baby juices to the baby as it is not good for their health.

2. Keeping The Baby In Right Temperature

Since babies can’t tell us when they’re too hot or too cold, it’s up to the parents to know the suitable temperature for their babies. Luckily, there’s a range, so you don’t have to keep your home at one exact temperature. In general, experts recommend keeping the baby in a room having temp 20-22degres. If the room doesn’t have a thermostat use a portable indoor thermometer to keep a check on the room temperature.  In general, babies feel comfortable at the temperature preferred by adults.

3.  Loose And Light Clothing.

Buying clothes for your baby is super fun but determining baby clothes sizes take a bit of practice. Choosing the right fit is important. The best thing you can do when choosing clothes for your sensitive-skinned baby is to make sure that everything is soft and breathable. Always choose loose-fitting clothes that have open collars and wrists to allow heat to escape making the baby comfortable.

4. Tepid Water Sponging.

Tepid water sponging is found to reduce body temperature more rapidly. Use lukewarm water (32 -35-degree Celcius). Sponging for 5-10mins will reduce the temperature of the hands and feet of the baby back to normal.

How “Pseudomonas Hot Hand-Foot Syndrome” Is Different?

Pseudomonas Hot Hand-Foot Syndrome

It is caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria that grow well in the warm water of hot tubes or poles. Unless the chlorine and bromine level is high and pH is maintained between 7.6 to 7.8. When such conditions do not prevail, outbreaks of Pseudomonas folliculitis may occur, it is characterized by the appearance of follicular papules or pustules after 7hours to 5days. The syndrome is characterized by red painful nodules of 1-2cm developed on the white bearing areas of soles and feet, low-grade fever, and nausea in most of the cases.


1. Low-grade fever.

2. Malaise.

3. Nausea.

4. Painful Nodules.

5. Sunken Eyes of the baby.

What Is Meningitis & How It Is Different From Common Infections?

Meningitis is inflammation of the inner lining of the brain and spinal cord commonly known as Meninges. It caused by infection by germs (viruses or bacteria). Though Meningitis can occur at any age but is mostly seen in young children. Early symptoms of Meningitis are often confused with conditions of minor illness. This is because the onset of meningitis starts with symptoms similar to those of common infections. Thus it is important to know the alarming symptoms which might suggest a more serious condition.


The common early symptoms of meningitis Include the following though all may not occur at once.

1. Cold hands and feet of the baby even if the body temp is high.

2. Severe leg pain.

3. The classic sign of meningitis is a rash that does not disappear when pressed with a glass.

4.  He/She will not eat and vomit.

5. Weakness or most of the time drowsiness.

6. Twitchy body movements.

7. Fast Breathing.

8. The skin may turn purplish-blue.

9. Convulsions.

10. Dislike bright light.

Is This Temperature Variation Also Occurs In Adults?
Temperature Variation In Adults

Biologically, the palms of hands and soles of feet have thicker skin as compared to the rest of the body in babies teenagers and adults. This is because of the presence of an extra layer of the epidermis (stratum lucidum). The extra layer act as a protective covering of feet and thus helps the endodermis from abrasions. Other than this it provides strength to the skin of such extremities.

The variation in temperature is seen in adults as well as teenagers and it is completely normal. But if the temperature of feet soles and palms of hands falls then you must alert yourself. Because a fall in temperature of hands and feet is a sign of poor blood circulation.

Frequently Asked Questions / People Also Ask :

Can Baby Overheat At Night Once They Fall Asleep?

My answer to the question is a big, Yes. A baby can overheat irrespective of having a fever, the extra layers of blankets can increase the temperature of the baby. Thus using a light bedsheet is recommended.

If the baby is having a fever that it is possible that he/she may experience an increase in bodily temperature. In such situations always keep a check on the baby’s temperature. And if you notice a rise, water sponging will help reduce the baby’s temperature.

Is Baby’s Hot Hand A Sign/Symptom Of Fever?

Hot hands with the symptoms like feeling hot or flushed, chills, body, aches, sweating, dehydration, and weakness are associated with fever. If your child is complaining or you observe any of the signs in your baby then there may be a chance of Fever. But if there are only hot hands then there is no need to be stressed.

How Can You Tell If Baby Is Hot?

Checking your baby for the following signs will ensure you, is your baby overheating.

1. Baby’s skin appears red.

2. You can feel the warmth on the forehead of the baby.

3. The baby may look restless and uncomfortable.

4. You will see a change in behavior and eating patterns in the baby.

5. The baby might be lethargic and unresponsive.

6. Ears may turn red and hot.

What Is The Fever Temp For A  Baby?

It is a fever when the child’s temp is at or above one of the below-given ranges:

  • Orally: 100degree Fahrenheit (37degree Celcius)
  • Rectally: 100degree Fahrenheit (38degree Celcius)
  • Axillary: 99degree Fahrenheit (37.2degree Celcius)

How To Reduce Baby’s Temperature?

If the baby is too hot then it is advised to see a doctor. Though in an emergency doing the following will help in lowering the temp.

1. Cold press.

2. Fluids.

3. Cool place.

4. Lightweight Clothing.

5. Lukewarm Sponge bath.

Does Teething In Baby Causes Hot Hands And Leg?

Teething in babies cannot be held responsible for causing hot hands and feet. But an overall warmer body of the baby may be associated with Teething. “As the teeth erupt through the gums, can cause a very low rise in the body temperature of the baby”. Though it is very unlikely to cause a very high fever.

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Thus there is no need to worry it is quite normal for babies to have warm hands and feet. I hope the article was helpful for you and solved all your queries. Healthamino will emerge as a one-stop destination for your various problems. Please give your valuable feedback and related queries in the comment section.

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