M.S. asks from Salt Lake City, UT on February 13, 2009
27 Month Old Says He's Cold
My 27 month old son says he's cold all of a sudden. He has always acted hot blooded but all of a sudden he says he is cold. Not sure if this is a way of getting attention or if it is part of him getting over a cold. I tell him to get his blanket and then he seems fine.
L.D. answers from Denver on February 14, 2009
My son was just a little bit older when he started saying the same thing. He was maybe 30 - 32 months old and he started saying he was cold all the time. It was wintertime, in Colorado so I started dressing him warmer, giving him warm drinks and he still said it all the time. It took me about a month to realize that when he said he was cold, it was just a general request and could mean almost anything, like a baby crying and you have to interpret what it means. He could communicate just fine but that's what he chose to say when he needed something. I don't know if it's normal or not but I'm sure your son is fine. Mine outgrew the phase in a few months.
K.D. answers from Denver on February 15, 2009
Sounds pretty normal. He's just figuring out hot and cold in relation to how he feels. I usually offer a blanket or sweater and kiss their forehead. If that seems normal, I don't worry. Our son says he's hot so he can wear his Lightening McQueen sandals. He's two. He has a new sense of power, and he's enjoying being able to communicate that he wants a blanket. It may be that his only desire is a blanket. There may be nothing more to it than just that. It's a fun stage of life. :)
A.H. answers from Salt Lake City on February 14, 2009
Sounds like he's learned a new phrase. My 3 yr old does stuff like this - for instance when he says "I'm busy, mom, I'm busy" it means he wants to play on the computer. He picked this up from me, because I work from home on my computer and often say I'm busy when I'm working on it.
I also know that when my 7 yr old says "mom, I'm hot", it means he wants a popsicle. Probably because I started offering them to him the first couple times he said he was hot.
Chances are when your DS says he's cold, it means he wants something - e.g. his blanket. Perhaps he truly is cold, but more likely he just wants his comfort object.
D.K. answers from Denver on February 16, 2009
At that age they still cannot really tell the difference in in how they feel as far as hot and cold. He may be doing it for the comfort factor as the other posters mentioned. He has learned a new way to communicate with you. Their bodies don't regulate like ours do that is why they don't sweat yet. It is very well probably a phase that will pass, just go along with him! :)
M.M. answers from Denver on February 14, 2009
I assume you took his temp. If it is normal I would say he is just figuring out how to comfort himself when cold/hot etc. Mine is 28 mos and doing similar things like he does not like the light from the sun during nap time... something that never bothered before.
H.R. answers from Denver on February 14, 2009
It was around this time when my daughter started recognizing or at least being able to verbalize the feeling of being cold. She too is warm blooded so it took us by surprise when she started saying she was cold. I respect her when she says she is cold and give her something to help warm her up.