Precocious puberty-advice needed please.

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Hi it's my first time here. Really hoping that someone can offer some advice.

So my daughter may have precocious puberty. She is only 6 years and 3 months old. She has a few symptoms which alone weren't a cause for concern. For the last few months she has started to cry a lot and she isn't even sure why, just very emotional and her mood seems up and down. Its definitely a change I noticed and thought was unusual for her, but then kids do go through phases so I thought no more about it.

Then a few days ago she gave me a hug and I realised that her armpits were quite smelly. An adult body odour smell, so I thought it was unusual because shes so young and she has never had this issue before at all. But again it wasn't a massive cause for concern, just one of those things I thought.

So yesterday she pointed out to me that she had hairs 'down there.' so I had a look and she has started to grow pubic hair! She also had a lot of white discharge.

I have taken her to the doctors this morning and he examined her. He said he would like to monitor her for now and see if it progresses, then take it from there. We have to take her back every 6-8 weeks for now. He seemed to imply that 6 was too young for puberty, as if he was hoping it was something else. But he couldn't offer another explanation for the pubic hair. He said if her boobs start to grow or she develops anymore symptoms to take her back sooner. So I'm not exactly panicking or anything, more concerned and confused. I would really appreciate hearing some other people's experiences please, whether it sounds the same and whether the doctor is on the right track.

Thank you.

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    There is a very good Facebook group for this.

    They are very helpful.


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    I am wondering what stage you are now at with your daughter. My daughter is only 6 and a half. I noticed breast buds a few months ago but thought nothing of it as shes quite stocky for her age. Yesterday when i was drying her after the bath i noticed some pubic hair, she has also been very moody.

    I am totally distraught for her and so worried. What advise can you offer me.

    Thank you

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      So sorry to hear that your daughter is going through this too. I completely sympathise with you. My daughter is now 6 years 7 months but we still don't have an official diagnosis. She saw a paediatrician who said that she has definitely started puberty and she did some tests. The wrist x-ray confirmed that her bone age was over 8years old, so around 2 years advanced at the time. Due to this she has been referred to a hormone specialist but the appointment isn't until March.

      I would definitely go to see your Gp as a first step and go from there. Trust your instinct and push for a referral if you need to. I wish you the best of luck. I know that for us it's been such a difficult time, and still is unfortunately. I have learnt a lot so far but still have a long way to go, but it definitely helps talking to someone in a similar situation so if you need to chat I'm always happy to listen xx

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      Thank you for your reply. I am so worried for her.

      I cant believe you have not had a diagnosis yet - i assumed doctor would start some sort of hormone treatment asap to stop any further development.

      Can i ask what have you told your daughter - surely they are too young to understand.

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      Aww I know, it really is awful. Ive watched my daughter change so much right in front of my eyes, not just physically but emotionally. I was hoping we would have some answers by now. However I think we still have even more tests before we get to that point. The treatment can delay certain parts of puberty but not others. I am hoping that they can start treatment soon if only to help her with the emotional part as it's becoming unbearable for her.

      I have been as honest with my daughter as I can in a way she can understand. I have kind of explained what puberty is and that it does happen to everyone, but it is happening to her way too early. I have told her that it's something called hormones that makes her body change, and that's also what is making her feel so sad. I don't think they can possibly understand at such a young age. It really is so unfair for them to be going through it so young.

      Whatever you decide to tell her will be right, as only you know how much she would be able to take in xx

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