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    Old 01-24-2004, 04:20 AM   #1
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    5 yr old with breast buds

    My 5 year old daughter has breast buds, she still has to see the specialist. The doctor said that she doesn't think she'll have to go on hormones because she doesn't have any other signs of puberty so they may just let it go as is assuming there is no further developement. Has anybody else gone through this? i'm sure as she's older the buds will become more noticable, i'm more worried about her mental health with this than physical, kids are so cruel. Also if anybody has experience with the hormones that would be great too, right now it looks as if she won't need them but of course more tests are needed.

     
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    Old 01-25-2004, 06:22 PM   #2
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    Re: 5 yr old with breast buds

    My 10 yr old developed breasts at 7 and 2 months after her 10 th bday she started her period. I had taken her at 7 to be checked out and the ped dr acted like it was perfectly normal. I kept noticing over the yrs the pubic hair and underarm hair but still no dr said anything. My daughter just saw the Ped Endo dr who said 7 is not normal and something should've/could've been done. Mary has reached 75% of her growing. They put her bone age at 13-14. She is 5'1/2" now which puts her at greater than 97% for her age but she will slow down. She is being evaluated for NF1 as she has over 20 cafe au lait spots and large head circumference due to a spinal fluid build up in her ventricles.
    Do stay on top of this , I wish I had known that this could be a sign of something else, not just early puberty.
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    Old 04-27-2005, 11:39 AM   #3
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    Re: 5 yr old with breast buds

    I hope I am not a year late with a reply to this post. Can you please tell me what the status is on your chidden experiencing the early breast development. I have a 6 year old experiencing the samething and is being tested at this time for hormones and thyroid, the hormone test came back abnormal and will need to retest in 6 months.

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    Old 04-27-2005, 02:00 PM   #4
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    I'm not a doctor, but my guess to why this is happening is due to hormones and other harmful things allowed to be put into our foods including meat. Does your child eat alot of meat?...just a thought.

     
    Old 04-28-2005, 05:14 PM   #5
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    Re: 5 yr old with breast buds

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    I hope I am not a year late with a reply to this post. Can you please tell me what the status is on your chidden experiencing the early breast development. I have a 6 year old experiencing the samething and is being tested at this time for hormones and thyroid, the hormone test came back abnormal and will need to retest in 6 months.

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    Juswave, If i were in your shoes i am not so sure i would wait 6 months to retest. Sounds like your daughter could have Precocious Puberty. Do some research on this. Should this be her diagnosis NOW is the time to get it under control. My son was diagnosed with this about 5 years ago. I had let the doctors repeatedly put the blame of the symptoms on a medication he had been taking. I finally demanded testing and some answers. I would do the same if i were you.

    May i ask, what type of doctor is doing the hormone testing on your daughter and suggested to wait 6 mos?

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    Old 04-28-2005, 05:36 PM   #6
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    Re: 5 yr old with breast buds

    Definetely demand testing now! My 11 year old daughter just had 2 ovarian cysts removed from her in surgery. At first due to her 20 lb weight loss there was concern they could have been CANCER! So far initial biopsy is benign, they sent the rest out to be tested and we get those results back at her floowup. But it could be related and I would not wait. She had acne -like bumps on her back since she was young and diffeent drs gave different diagnosis for it. Her Endo dr says it could be related to the cysts. She is going to run her own hormone tests as my daughter also has other weird congenital fidings. When they found the ovarian cysts it was discovered that she also has kidney damage, that was how we found this . Dr ordered kidney US to see if her meds were causing kidney stones.

     
    Old 04-29-2005, 11:59 AM   #7
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    Re: 5 yr old with breast buds

    Thank You for your response. What type of treatment did they do for your son? At this time the testing has been done by the pediatrician. I have made an appointment for a month from now to have the test run again to see if the test comes back at a higher abnormality. At this time her other breast is developing. I was an early developer but not that young. I do however think she is more mature than other children her age. She was born 3 weeks early and was 8.9 lb. her baby teeth seemed to come in early and now she already has 8 permanent teeth so maybe it is just an early developing issue. I was just hoping someone could relate with me. Thank You.

     
    Old 04-30-2005, 05:40 AM   #8
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    Re: 5 yr old with breast buds

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    Thank You for your response. What type of treatment did they do for your son? At this time the testing has been done by the pediatrician. I have made an appointment for a month from now to have the test run again to see if the test comes back at a higher abnormality. At this time her other breast is developing. I was an early developer but not that young. I do however think she is more mature than other children her age. She was born 3 weeks early and was 8.9 lb. her baby teeth seemed to come in early and now she already has 8 permanent teeth so maybe it is just an early developing issue. I was just hoping someone could relate with me. Thank You.
    Hi There, My advice to you would be to demand a referral from your Pediatrician to take your daughter to see an Endocrinologist. Keep in mind, should your daughter have Precocious Puberty the longer it goes undiagnosed and untreated the more advanced and developed she will become and even with treatment you wont be able to turn back the clock, per se. What she develops before treatment, will not go away.

    When you said that your daughter seems more mature and mentioned about the permanent teeth it didnt surprise me as that too will go hand in hand with the Precocious Puberty. Have you noticed if she has started to get hair anywhere?

    I will tell you about my son also how and why he ended up with the Precocious Puberty.

    My son suffered a lack of blood and oxygen to his brain either in utero at some point and time, or during birth or shortly after birth. He is considered the big ? baby. So due to the lack of blood and oxygen he suffered severe brain damage. From the time of birth the pediatrician repeatedly was telling me that due to the severe brain damage that he will always be very small for his age. (as i am sure you have seen several handicapped children and they are all most generally small for their age) Well, it didnt happen that way. He continued to grow rapidly and was always much bigger than a child his same age. His first year of life we spent mostly in the hospital fighting bouts of illness and even though he would be so sick and on full life support he still continued to gain weight and grow. He too got many of his permanent teeth very early. His 6 year molars were in when he was only 4 years old. He was also developing hair growth, which the doctors repeatedly blamed on his repeated need for Prednisone. (side effect of the medication)

    I always had that gut feeling that there was more to it. When he was no longer on repeated doses of the Prednisone and he still kept developing i demanded for him to see the Endocrinologist and that is when he was diagnosed. You see, what happens with boys (same with girls) is that from the time they are born until about 2 months old the Pituitary gland produces testosterone. At about 2 months old the brain will tell the Pituitary Gland to stop producing and distributing the testosterone and to shut down. The Pituitary gland will then sit dormant until they reach the normal age that a child starts to go into puberty, then the brain tells the pituitary gland to start producing testosterone again and that is when a boy will start to go into puberty. In my sons case because the portion of the brain that should have told the pituitary gland to stop producing testosterone and to shut off was damaged and could not tell the pituitary gland to stop producing the testosterone. So basically up until i demanded testing he was producing the testosterone and slowly going into puberty basically from infancy. By the time i demanded the testing he about 3 or 4 years old and his testosterone level came back at the same level a mature adult males would be.

    Precocious Puberty will also effect a childs bone age. When my son was 2 the doctors did testing to see what his bone age was because he was so big and at that time it came back as if he were a 6 year old.

    At this time there is 2 treatments for the precocious puberty. (they may have come out with something else recently as medicine is ever so changing everyday) There is a medicine that is given once a month as an Intramuscular Injection (IM Shot) that you can even give at home yourself (i did) should you feel comfortable giving your child an injection yourself.

    Also, there is a nasal spray that is called Synarel. I switched to the Synarel nasal spray just because of an undesired side effect the IM injection had on my son. The Synarel works very well. It is very expensive, the bottle is very tiny and lasts my son approx. 2 weeks and it is a $1000.00 a bottle!!!!!!

    When these medications are started, yes they do lessen some of the already existing symptoms of the puberty but they dont and cant reverse what development in the body that has already ocurred. However these medications are very effective in stopping the production of the testosterone and estrogen to prevent anymore development. Then when the time comes that your child would normally start to go into puberty you simply stop the medication and let nature take it's course.

    Of course there is a possibility that your daughter may not have the Precocious Puberty as there are other diagnosis's that could cause the development of breast buds, however seeing how you had stated that your daughter seems to be "advanced" i would definately have her tested immediately, what could it hurt? Ya know? That way should she have the Precocious Puberty you can get it under control now before it gets to far out of hand.

    If you have anymore questions feel free to ask, i will help you anyway i can. I would do a search on the internet on Precocious Puberty and get as much info as you can and match up the symptoms it lists and see how many your daughter is already displaying.

    Good Luck, ValleyGurl

     
    Old 05-04-2005, 08:52 AM   #9
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    Re: 5 yr old with breast buds

    I'm not sure if I had precocious puberty, but I can tell you that I developed breasts very early. I'm not sure when I first developed breast buds though. Over the years (I'm currently 17), my mom has tracked my bra size because I developed so rapidly. When I was almost 7 I wore an A cup. By the time I was 8, I wore a B cup. At age 10, I wore a C cup. At 12, I wore a D cup. At age 13, I wore a large D cup or small DD cup. I had a breast reduction at age 15 and I was a large DDD cup or small E cup at that point in time. They took me down to a large B cup with the surgery, and I've grown 2 cup sizes since then (2 years) and am currently a large D cup. I really don't remember when I started my period, I think I was 10, 11, maybe 12 at the latest. Around there. Unlike some of your kids though, I got my teeth really late. I got my first tooth when I was about 1 year 4 months. Actually, I still have 2 baby teeth, but for some reason I don't have an adult tooth for one of them.

    Like I said, I don't know if I had precocious puberty or not because I never had any tests or anything, but if your daughter is developing early and quickly this is something to keep an eye out for because large breasts are not fun! Kids are very mean and they can cause lots of problems medically.
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