Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mummy | 2010/11/16


Developing breasts and nipple inverting

Hello Dr, thank you for your time in reading my post.

My daughter is 8 years and 4 months old (weighing 20kg). Within the last couple of weeks she has been complaining that her breast area is painful, and when I checked, her nipples are slightly swollen and there is a little lump under the nipple area. I did a search online and chatted with other mums, and it does not seem out of the ordinary that she is developing breast buds now (not that I wasnt shocked about it, as she seems too young to me..... :-( ) I havent taken her to the gp as thought it not necessary if it is the normal course of development. THe worrying thing now is that when she dressed this morning, i noticed that the nipples are still swollen, but now they seem to be inverting and are much darker that they were. I am sorry if this question is asked over and over, but I wasnt sure if this is also ''normal development''. I always thought that if a nipple inverts suddenly it should be checked out, but is this the case during developing as well?

Like i mentioned, I was quite shocked that she is developing so soon, I cannot remember exactly if it was the same for me in breast developing, but I did only begin periods at age 14. I know this can be hereditary.

Sorry this did turn out longer than I thought.

Many thanks

Expert's Reply



This is a very common occurrence and is due to the early onset of puberty in your daughter. As she is only 8 years old she is obviously too young to be starting with puberty already, so this is known as 'precocious puberty' The cut off age for early puberty is currently age 9 years. As your daughter is only 8 years old she should be seen by a paediatrician to make sure that all is well with her particularly as regards her hormones.

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