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Need Information About Early Pubic Hair on My 8 Year Old Son

Does any know if there is a problem that my eight year old son has grown pubic hair? His breasts seem a bit enlarged around the nipple also. I have concerns and would appreciate any guidance.

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The pubic hair sounds normal, the nipple thing not so much.

I can't remember not having pubic hair, but it took me forever to get breasts and a period. So early pubic hair is nothing to worry about.

But the breasts? I would ask a doctor.

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Some of the developmental changes are normal.. some are enhanced by the hormones in our milk, eggs and meat. I would encourage you to make sure you buy these foods that are not enhanced with 'estrogen' making hormones. It is a huge problem for children today.

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See your pediatrician to evaluate for precocious puberty; they sometimes want to treat it so the child doesn't end up too short.

A little about me: Child psychiatrist in Palo Alto with two lovely kids, 18 & 12, and a great husband of 20 years.

Hi L.,

8 years old seems a little early for public hair, but my son did begin puberty early, and I just wanted you to know that he was the ONLY boy in his class for 3 years that had visible changes.

As long as we make our boys feel comfortable "in their own skin" then he will be just fine.

I think it's normal for some to develope earlier than others.

~N. :O)

Hi L.,

Does your family drink tap water? Studies in recent years have shown that an alarming number of pharmaceuticals (including birth control hormones) have been found in most municipal water. This isn't a reason to buy bottled water. There are some water filtration devices you can put on your sink which should filter it out. This is one possible explanation, but there are so many endocrine disrupting chemicals in our food, water, and air (plastics and other petroleum products, for instance.) All we can do is try to minimize the damage. One idea is to stop using saran wrap on foods, ESPECIALLY in the microwave oven. Soft plastics like wrap are bad, but it's a good idea just to be aware of all the other places it can leach into what you consume.

Your doctor may not want to discuss this so as not to alarm you, I think there's a lot of casual denial about it because there seems to be so little we can do about it. But I also know we have to take responsibility for protecting ourselves as much as possible.

The pubic hair sounds normal, the nipple thing not so much.

I can't remember not having pubic hair, but it took me forever to get breasts and a period. So early pubic hair is nothing to worry about.

But the breasts? I would ask a doctor.

Hi L.-

I agree with the other posts that recommend having your son evaluated by his doctor. I would ask the doctor to test for Precocious Puberty. I had never heard of it until my niece had it and as a result, started her periods at age 9. Its basically an early onset puberty. Your son's doctor can order blood and urine tests to check hormone levels and also x-rays to check whether bones are maturing too quickly. One of the negatives is that the children don't reach full adult height which can be a big deal for a boy. My niece is 4'10" in a family of 5'6" and taller women. The good news is there are treatments available.
Unfortunately not much was known about it 10 years ago when my niece was going through it.

I wish you the best of luck with this.

Hi I have heard of this before when kids are getting too many hormones in their diet. I think it was one of the Caribbean islands that i read about that were giving too high of a hormone level to the chickens, and the kids eat a lot of chicken there. They were showing signs of early puberty, inc breast growth in the boys.I have also heard of this in other areas. I would check into this, and consider feeding my kids only organic meats and dairy products.Good luck!

When my son was 8, he had a few wet dreams. During an office visit, I mentioned this to the doctor. The doctor said he needed to check his genitals (not sure what he was looking for down there) because if he was really in puberty, then he needed to give him something to stop it.

My son is now 9 and has continued very sporadically to have wet dreams. His voice is lower but has not changed and he has very slight peach fuzz on his testicles. But no real hair or other signs of puberty. The doctor is ok with all these small changes. I'd still suggest you see your pediatrician.

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