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My 5 year old daughter has breast buds!? Help please.

I took my daughter to the dr yeasterday because she said her "boobs" hurt. When i looked she actually had swollen breasts. I took her to the doctor immediatly and they drew blood to test her hormones and other things. They also took an xray of her hand and wrist to test her bone age. She has an ultra sound scheduled next week to look at her ovaries. Im worried sick. Does anyone have any experience with this or know why this is happening? Thank You.

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Asked by 3girlys at 3:38 PM on Apr. 4, 2013 in Kids' Health

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  • I haven't been on for a long time but thought id update you all.
    Well the dr. did all sorts of tests (hormones, bone scan, ultra sound, Blood) and all came back normal. She told me to just watch it and if they grew anymore or had severe pain to come back. She also said if none of that happens to just come back within 6 months. Well shortly after I had taken her in she didn't complain anymore about hurting and so on. So I kept watching and her "breasts" went back to a normal 5 year old "chest". She hasn't complained about anything and is doing great. So weird that, that had happened. The dr. kept asking me if she would have gotten a high dose of estrogen from anywhere like if she would have gotten into birth control pills or something but she did not as I have an IUD and have nothing with estrogen at all in my house. So I guess its still a mystery!

    Comment by 3girlys (original poster) at 11:55 AM on Oct. 30, 2013

  • what happened with your daughter... i have a 6 year old with same issue. took her yesterday to ped and he did sono on her breast and said just breast tissue but she is young for a breast bud so now going to endo but can't get in for a couple months. he said to keep an eye on it and see what happens over next couple of wks or he will make a call to get us in sooner.

    Answer by salpal926 at 4:12 PM on Oct. 2, 2013

  • Bump for update! What ended up happening with the results?

    Answer by minimo77 at 8:01 PM on May. 3, 2013

  • I remember starting puberty in third grade but my period didn't start until I was 11 and I don't have any hormone issues. Also think about what's being offered by the food industries that are chock-full of hormones that mess with kids and adults alike, especially dairy products and meat products. If it is, in fact, a hormonal issue then you should be more cautious about what you feed her; soy milk is an awesome alternative to dairy milk, offering 50% more calcium and is hormone-free. Buy organic or farm-raised meats. People nowadays are so much sicker than ever because of poor diets. A proper diet really can cure the majority of diseases, including hormone related ones. I hope your daughter will be okay :)

    Answer by acwildtree at 3:11 PM on Apr. 5, 2013

  • HUGS to you~ hoping it is nothing serious.

    Answer by ggsmom333 at 11:13 AM on Apr. 5, 2013

  • No she is not overweight at all. She is actually in the 25th percentile for weight and height.

    Comment by 3girlys (original poster) at 4:36 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • is she chubby? It isn't uncommon for girls and boys to have "breasts" at that age if they are overweight.
    I would think if she had early onset puberty, you would have noticed, hair under her arms, pubic region and so forth.

    Answer by jerseydiva at 4:31 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • i have to wait a week to find out her results of the blood work and xray yesterdasy and then next week is her ultrasound. I dont know how im going to wait this long. Its really frustrating.

    Comment by 3girlys (original poster) at 4:08 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • I had a friend whose daughter had extremely early puberty. She went to a special clinic for tests every year till she was a teenager just to keep tabs on it, but she had no long term health problems at all because of it. The doctor suspected the growth hormones in milk but couldn't prove that for sure.

    Answer by Ballad at 4:05 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • I wouldn't really worry until you get answers. My dd was 5 when she started and by 12 was pretty blessed up front. Today she's 30 and has 2 children with no problems so please don't borrow any worry. If you do it will feed itself over to your dd and cause her to worry and if it should come back that she's just very early developing she could think it's something to be ashamed of. There are just some children who mature much sooner then others. On the other hand her older sister was flat as a board until she turned 17 and in just a few months went from barely there to DD's!

    Answer by baconbits at 4:00 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

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