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Old 07-30-2013, 11:16 AM   #1
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Precocious Puberty

I'm interested in hearing experiences from some parents whose daughters experienced precocious puberty. What were the symptoms, and what was your daughter's age? What did you do about it?

My DD6 is now showing some signs of puberty (hair growth and possibly breast buds) and I am worried. In so many ways, she's still just a baby. I spoke to the doctor and they told me they would evaluate her at her 7-year check-up, which is in a couple of months.

I really didn't think I'd have to deal with this for another 5 years or so, so I am !!
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:31 AM   #2
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Odd that the doctor wants to wait a few months. My friend's daughter started showing signs at age 6. She started having pubic hair, armpit hair and acne. Her doctor had blood tests taken and she was sent to a specialist (endocrinologist). Her hormone levels are now being closely monitored. Her Testosterone is high but not the estrogen. If her estrogen levels increase, she will be given a medication of some sort to offset or reduce the estrogen in her body.

If I were you, I would either call back for a quicker appointment or call another doctor.

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Old 07-30-2013, 11:35 AM   #3
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I'm interested in hearing experiences from some parents whose daughters experienced precocious puberty. What were the symptoms, and what was your daughter's age? What did you do about it?

My DD6 is now showing some signs of puberty (hair growth and possibly breast buds) and I am worried. In so many ways, she's still just a baby. I spoke to the doctor and they told me they would evaluate her at her 7-year check-up, which is in a couple of months.

I really didn't think I'd have to deal with this for another 5 years or so, so I am !!
AT 8, DD started gaining weight and out growing her clothes and seemed to be getting ready for puberty. She needed deoderant, and other subtle changes. I started making sure that I was buying healthier foods and switched to organic milk. Looking back now, she was gearing up for several major growth spurts.

At age 9, I bought her the American Girl's book about puberty and body changes and we had the talk about menstration so that she wouldn't be caught off guard.

She is now 11 and has not begun menstrating, though at her 10 year old checkup the dr. thought it would be within the next 2 years. She is developing breasts and is wearing a real bra-size A. I do expect that she will get her period at any time now. She slimmed down and has a really cute figure-almost too cute for an 11 year old and is now my height 5'3" and wears almost the same size that I do. She wears a ladies' 11 in shoes!!!

You are right for discussing it with your doctor. Kids seem to be maturing at an earlier age these days.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:29 PM   #4
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I would not wait a few months but that is based on my experience with my oldest DD. First let me say, what happened with her is very rare and I am by no means saying that it's what you should expect with your DD. Puberty is happening younger and younger these days but 6 is too young and your DD needs to be checked out sooner rather than later. But here's what happened with DD...

She started with hair growth and acne at 4 years old. Her ped immediately referred her to a ped endocrinologist. The endo ran labs at her first appt. The labs indicated that her problem was coming from her ovaries and not her brain so the endo ordered an abdominal ultrasound. That ultrasound showed a tumor on DD's ovary. She had a CT later that day that showed just the one tumor. She had surgery the following week (14 days after her initial appt with her ped) to remove the ovary and a Granulosa-Theca cell tumor that was the size of a cantaloupe.

We were told to expect all of her puberty symptoms to stop and somewhat reverse themselves within 6 weeks of her surgery but it didn't happen and she was diagnosed with precocious puberty (caused by the tumor) a year later. The first couple of years, her hormone levels and growth were monitored very closely. Things were not progressing so we were comfortable with just watching and waiting. About 3 years ago, her hormone levels indicated that it was time to act and she started on monthly Depot shots to suppress the process. We did those for 6 months. Last summer, DD wanted to stop the shots and go with a Supprelin implant in her arm. She did great with that and it has controlled things more consistently than the shots did. She will have it removed and a second placed in a couple of weeks. Next summer, that one will be removed and DD will be allowed to progress as normal. She'll be 10 at that point and her endo says true puberty should start within 6 months to a year once the implant is removed.

Like I said, what happened with DD is rare but those early signs of puberty should not be ignored when a child is so young.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:41 PM   #5
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Please take her to an endo dr!!

My DD was 6 years old when she started showing signs of puberty. After we ruled out tumors, she was diagnosed Precocious Puberty no known cause.
My DD was first treated with shots and then with a surgically implanted medicine that lasts 1 year. She is now 12 and will get the last medicine implant removed in a few weeks.
She will be 13 in November so she can now go thru puberty.

She went from being 6 years old with a bone age of 10 yrs, to being 12 yrs old with a bone age of 12 yrs.
We have had our ups and downs but I do not regret for 1 minute that we had her treated.
Please private message me if you would like. I am even willing to share my phone number with you so I can talk with you. Whatever you decide to do treatment or no treatment, I can talk you thru everything else.
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