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I'm bringing this topic back up because it seems to be becoming a personal challenge for me. My 5 year old daughter is displaying signs of precocious puberty. I already outlined above that I was a very late bloomer and here I have a daughter exhibiting the exact opposite. I don't think I'm surprised that she didn't take after me, she has her father's build and a lot of other traits like him. But, what I am surprised about is her symptoms.
Although she is typically the youngest in her class (she has a June 30th birthday) she's usually one of the largest/tallest children. We did a bone age test to help determine if she does have precocious puberty and her results did indeed date her bone age years older than she is.
I often thought Lillian would end up being much taller than me since she has been off the charts her whole life. Learning more after suspecting early puberty with her, I've realized this is also a symptom. The child will grow much faster than their peers then hit puberty earlier and stop growing. Most of the time this will actually make them turn out to be shorter than average.
Her other symptom, and why we were referred to an endocrinologist in Tampa was she is beginning to develop hair on her privates. At 5 years old! I was/am still shocked and saddened by this.
So far, we've had only one appointment with Dr. Lin. We are suppose to do a recheck follow up to see if Lillian's hormone levels have changed. This is the weird part. They came back completely normal at the first check. I just couldn't see how they could considering the hair growth.
I've never sprung for hormone free meat when buying from a store but I'm almost considering it. One thing I have done was to always make sure I buy hormone free milk. Always and her whole life.
I was hoping some of you that may have experience in this topic will share your story and thoughts.
To learn more about girls starting puberty early, check out this video link about Precocious Puberty from ABC news.