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Question: Abnormal breast development?

 4xagrandma - Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:24 pm

My granddaughter is 12 1/2 and recently has had a spurt in the growth of her breasts. She went from an A cup to a B + cup in a very short time. Her breasts are covered with angry red lines that go from the nipple area back towards the chest. Her aureoles are so pale as to be hardly seen, and her nipples are merely small dots. She has not started her period yet. She is overweight. Am I being a worried grandma or is something wrong? Thank you for your time.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:52 am

User avatar Hello,
She may just be developing normally and having some stretch marks due to the rapid growth. There is a condition called precocious puberty where a child develops much sooner than she should but at her age it would not be so unusual. You could discuss this with her pediatrician to be sure she does not have an endocrine disorder of some kind. If she could get some nutritional counseling to help her with the weight issues it would be helpful since extra fat will exacerbate this development. It needs to be done in a very sensitive way and she should be encouraged to find physical activities she can enjoy.

It doesn't hurt to be a worried grandma and look out for your loved ones.

Best wishes.


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