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Question: breast bud


 ny2125 - Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:38 pm

our 6 yr. old looks like she has breast buds or fat deposits around her nipple area. the area is a light color and she says they do not hurt. we do not see any other sign of early puberty other than she has gotten taller in the last 6 months. nothing drastic. could this be breast buds or fat? her ped. saw her last spring and we asked the same question at the time and she didnt see anything abnormal. it seems to be the same as 6 mos. ago. any insight here would be great. thanks.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:30 pm

User avatar This is sometimes called premature breast development. While this subsides spontaneously in up to 50 percent of cases, it may persist until the time of puberty. It does not preclude normal development later on. In the absence of other signs of early puberty, you need not worry about it.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed Sep 05, 2007 10:53 pm

User avatar Hi Ny2125,

I completely agree with Debbie. I would add that if you do see any signs of puberty beginning, most commonly the presence of pubic hair, she should see her pediatrician for an evaluation of precocious puberty.

Best wishes.

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