August 15, 2009,
M.N. asks from Plano, TX on August 10, 2009
Underarm Hair and Small Amount of Fine Pubic Hair in 6 Year Girl
My daughter just turned 6 in July. Two days back I noticed some fine underarm hair. I checked her and noticed she has a miniscule amount of fine hair about an inch long in her pubic area too. Her clothes smell too after a day of play. What could be happening? Is it normal this early? She is pretty tall, might be the tallest in her class and lean.
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Thanks a lot. I have received some great advice. I called her paediatrician and she wants to see her. I have taken an appointment for next week. I just hope everything turns out fine.
M.T. answers from Dallas on August 10, 2009
A doctor could tell you exactly, but you could look up some information on Precocious Puberty to see if this seems like what your daughter is experiencing.
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D.S. answers from Dallas on August 11, 2009
I hope that this is just a timing variation within the range of normal for your daughter. However, please get this checked, and if a doctor blows it off without doing extensive testing, then keep going to different doctors until one will take it seriously. Don't accept verbal assurances without medical testing to back it up.
My son started having b.o. when he was 5. Because this seemed abnormal to me, I asked his pediatrician (who blew it off...."kids get stinky when they play outside") and my former father-in-law who's a doctor (who merely suggested using deodorant soap....despite me emphasizing that I was addressing a medical concern and not hygiene).
Later, when he was a teenager, even though he had hit puberty early, it was clear that he had not been growing properly. FINALLY, I got another doctor to take it seriously and refer us to a pediatric endocrinologist. She diagnosed a hormonal disorder.
This was at age 15, his growth plates were 99% closed, and it was too late for growth hormone to work. He was 5'2" at that point. The good news is that he's continued to grow, despite the dire prognosis, and is now 5'5" at age 19. This is still several inches shorter than what his genetics would predict him to be.
Sometimes children who hit puberty early will be taller than their classmates, but when puberty finishes, so does their growth in height, so that essentially stops too early.
My point is, that you should consider pressing the point with more than one doctor until one will take it seriously and do some testing. At best, a disorder can be found early enough to prevent permanent problems. At worst, time and money may be wasted, but your mind will be set at ease with medical tests that reveal no problems.
S.B. answers from Dallas on August 12, 2009
This sounds like a condition called precocious puberty. Due to hormonal imbalances young girls start to develop sexual characteristics at a young age. If treated (usually by an endocronologist) the effects can be reversed and treatment will prevent her from starting her period at a very young age. Therefor, I would recommend you make an appointment soon to have your daughter her seen by competent specialist.
Mom to one daughter age 6
K.E. answers from Dallas on August 11, 2009
Definitely see a doctor but also check out what you are feeding her! The hormones in our food today are aiding in the process of speeding up puberty. Make sure she is getting only organic milk and meat. I have friends who put children on organic products and saw a complete reversal of this "early onset puberty" process.
V.D. answers from Dallas on August 15, 2009
The hormones in meat will do this. It will even give little boys boobs. Eat organic meats!!!
D.A. answers from Dallas on August 10, 2009
Our daughters are always being checked by their thyroid doctor for premature puberty as they don't have thyroid glands. Have you talked to your pediatrician to see if she has any thyroid issues?
H.G. answers from Dallas on August 11, 2009
You definitely need to take her to the pediatrician. He will most likely recommend that your daughter be seen by an Endocrinologist who specializes in children.
M.S. answers from Dallas on August 11, 2009
With the increase in Hormones in our food many girls are maturing early. Also the thing that triggers the hormones to cause maturity is weight, so if a girl gets to a certain weight it triggers a start in the hormone production. A Dr can be consulted if needed but many girls are starting to develop early.