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    Precocious Puberty

    In cases of precocious (which just means 'early') puberty boys start developing at nine and girls at eight, and sometimes as young as six. Read more →

    My 6 year old daughter has smelly armpits too! She also has EXTREMELY sweaty feet too and has done since she was about 3. Our GP has prescribed a roll on deodorant for her feet that is safe for use on other body parts such as underarms. I encourage her to wash thoroughly under her arms twice a day. The thing is she is a naturally very warm person. I would personally not be too concerned. If she starts developing signs such as pubic hair, breast development then it could be a sign of ver early puberty. precocious (early) puberty can can start at around 8 in girls but as early as 6 in some cases. If you are very worried I would see your GP but if it is just the Smelly sweat, I would not be overly concerned. If it is embarrassing for her I would go to boots and enquire about a mild and gentle roll on deodorant suitable for a child's skin, there are none marketed for children but finding one for very sensitive skin may be an idea. I encourage my daughter to use a small amount during the hot weather months. At the end of the day, if you are at all worried se you GP. Your little girl is not alone and it is comforting to know my littl1 is not alone too.

    my 9 year old daughter has been under a doctor at hospital for a year with a bad discharge which can smell, they have done all kinds of tests but cannot give a diagnosis, not even to definately say it could be early puberty. what else could it be shes very upset





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    that is really worrying, to me i've got rashes all over my face can't get them off me. I don't like sickness, nobody does, sometimes it can be hard to cope with it, the only ways to keep off fatness is either working the body or surgery, i am replying because i just want to say this to all of you, LIFE WITH SICKNESS CAN BE HARD!

    Don't worry about it. I am 13 and I don't either. My mum started late so it might be worth asking your mum what time she started as puberty runs in genetics. Boys won't know you have started puberty or not unless you obviously tell them. Just act normal around them and don't panic. Every girl or women will go through puberty at one stage.

    I have a tight foreskin but when I manage to get it down it has two cuts on by the front and one by the back they bleed sometimes I am 16 and half way through puberty but I can't clean it either and I don't want to be circumstised I use to be able to pull it all the way down before puberty this problem only came around half way through 2013 I don't want to go the doctors because I'm only half way through puberty





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    Hi. My 7 year old daughter is showing signs of early puberty. She has begun to develop breasts and has pubic hair. I contacted my GP and he took blood tests which have returned normal. He did a full blood count and a hormone test I now have to wait 9 to 12 weeks to see a pediatrician. I really worried my daughter may take her period. She has also been having constipation since these symptoms have appeared. Im very worried





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    Does anyone know if nail butti is an early sign of autism? My toddler has just turned 18months this week and I have notice that she has been nibbling and biting at her nails for the last few weeks, she has never had any oral fixations ie dummy or sucker her fingers or thumb or comfort so this seems a very new thing that we don't see as something he has picked up from ourselves as we don't bite our nails. I am asking generally about nail bitting at such a young age as it seems so early but also coupled with very frequent tip toe walking and seemingly above average intellegance I am curious if there might be more I need to think about? Has anyone encountered these things? Thanks mum of 1 rainbow and 3 angels





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    I'm seventeen and I bite the skin around my nails and have for a very long time. With me, it's an anxiety thing that grows worse when I'm stressed. As this is a toddler, I would say that it could be to do with anxiety, or it could just be something that she is doing subconsciously as my cousins do the same. Also, just because she hasn't observed the behaviour in you or your partner, doesn't mean that she hasn't seen another child or different adult biting their nails and learned from them. For the tip-toe walking that could just be novelty. There's a lot of debate about whether intelligence is linked with autism, but if you're really worried then I would visit a doctor, although most symptoms only become noticeable at around three years of age. It's difficult for someone to diagnose your child without knowing her. These could just be quirks/phases/novelties.

    Boys have different size penises like men,your son is young and trust me he will grow once he hits puberty, i was circumcised at 5 and my penis grew, my son had to be circumcised as well at 12 , he was small before the circumcision, puberty came along and bingo he grew.

    Some young boys penis doesn't grow that much until they hit puberty, I an pretty sure that it has grown but it might not be as noticeable as it will be in the next couple of years to come. If your son has hit puberty and you are still concerned then I advice that you go to see a GP. You also have to keep in mind that boys and men have all got different shapes and sizes penis' so try not to worry him because it is completely natural.

    My daughter has started puberty at just 6. She is now 6 and her breasts are already quite large prob a b cup. It has been confirmed by a paed that she is in puberty and is not going to start her period any time soon so has been left to get on with it. I just dont know how to help her. She is a wee girl who just loves to play BUT then has teenage moments. She also cries a lot. I am also worried about bullying ss she is the only one with breasts practicaly in the whole school(small 1). She used to always be so happy and well behaved this was not meant to happen for yesrs.





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    First of all, don't worry! Even though it is extremely unusual for her to be strating puberty so young! If you stress and make a big fuss, she could have a 'teenage moment' as you call them (!!) and cry. Worse still she might understand and see that she is different and you fretting will never help her realise she isn't odd. Good luck.

    my daughter is 10 she is getting breasts and being very stressed i dont no wat 2 do about it.She is now startin 2 worry about her weight and cries wen sum1 brings it up wat shold i do?

    Hello guys , im still in primary school but i started puberty when i was nine , through two years i have zoomed through puberty and now at the stage of white discharge. I already have loads of pubic hair and stuff. Because i zoomed through it so fast there is a 99% chance that i will start my period very soon. My friend doesent have discharge but she has ph and breasts (i also have them) please help me guys.





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    hi i am in secondary (year 7) there is nothing to be worried about its all normal and we all start at different rates and if you start your period tell who ever you trust

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    Hit puberty at eight. Got my periods a couple of days after my tenth birthday. Just wondering, anyone else out there who started so hilariously early in either?





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    My cousin is 9 and has started. It perfectly normal :)

    Hi, My younger sister's mate started puberty at 6 and had her her period at 8. She is so much more developed than me and I am 13, she is 11. She is a bra size 34D and I am only a 32B. Others do get it but it just isnt very common. Hope I helped. Millie x

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    Hey im 15 and since I was 10 I have had stretch. marks on my inner thighs and boobs my thighs make me selfconcious and I use bio oil every day twice a day, im not overweight but I went through puberty early and really fast! Would that be why?





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    Hi Sarah. Thanks for keeping in touch. If he is overweight then please address this urgently (as previously advised) while he is still actively growing and developing muscles. I still suggest that his penis is being enveloped by body fat and is not shrinking. It is there but you can't see half of it because it's hidden by flab. This can only be confirmed by physical examination and you'll understand I can't do this here...his Doctor can! Underarm hair is a small sign of puberty. Does he have some of these - a deep voice, large amounts of pubic hair, muscular body, mood swings, adult size and appearance of genitalia, hair growth on face to name a few. If not then he is still in the very early stages of puberty with lots of maturing to do. I really hope this helps. Keep us posted and take care.

    Hi Emma, my daughter was also started puberty early. She actually started developing breasts when she was about 6 which was difficult. she has just turned 10 and is a b cup, she has pubic hair etc and has to wear deodorant. Just waiting for her periods to start..dont think it will be long... Please can you tell me how it made you feel at school etc because im worried about how she is dealing with it. Thanks

    my grandaughter grew 4 inches in a year she is as tall as all the 9/10 year olds in her school. She has had adult body odour for a year now and has to use deoderant. she also has lots of pimples on her bottom and blackheads on her face. she gets very weepy and moody. Does she have early puberty and can this be discovered with a bone scan. She is head and shoulders taller than the other children that she actually started school with. When she stareted school she was only slightly bigger than her pears. any help please





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    This is totally normal don't worry, just the mother of all growth spurts is all.

    I am 13 and I started puberty quite early (8/9). My hips and breasts grew extreamly quickly and those areas are now covered in streach marks. I've tried moisturising them and using anti-ageing cream but they are still there. I am a dancer and I am imbarrased about my body, especially as the streach marks on my hips reach down to my upper thys and show underneath leotards. My mum doesn't relly know how much my body upsets me beacause I don't want to upset her. Does anyone have any tips please??????





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    hey, im the same, ive found that using bio oil and moisturizer after works, it might not get rid of it but it makes it smaller so when it turns white its not noticeable :)

    ok, thanks

    Many men I know did not pull their foreskin back until early 20's. Encourage your child to gently try pulling back regularly at an early age. It is almost impossible for a child to harm their own penis trying this. This will reduce any risk of problems such as urinary tract infections later in their childhood.





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    It is important that cleft lips and palates are treated early before it is too late. Read this blog recently and found it interesting : www.theplasticsurgerypost.com/cosmetic-surgery/cleft-lips-must-be-treated-early/





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    It sounds like your a late bloomer.. I was about 15 before I started puberty so I know how you feel. But don't worry. Everyone matures at different rates so I'm sure you start soon. I'm 19 now and only just finishing puberty, annoying I know but everyone's body clocks are different. Hope it helps!

    Hi I'm 15 nearly sixteen and I have the same problem i can masturbate and wee easily but I don't know what I can do I'm to embaresed to talk to my parents about it or go to the doctors I rang up a helpline last year and they said that when I hit puberty it would loosen now I have obviously hit puberty and nothing has changed and suggestions would be a great help as I am scared about this.





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    I've just started puberty and when I try and wash the head of my penis in the shower I can't retract the foreskin however when I try and pull it back I can see the urethra. Will my foreskin lose it's tightness as I continue through puberty?





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    I have just turned 14, and I still cannot pull my foreskin back. I keep on trying in the shower and the bath, but it doesn't work, and i pulled it back to far, and it started to bleed a little, im scared to tell my mom, so where should i get this checked out? also i haven't hit puberty yet, so I guess im just late hitting it. Is there a way to speed the process up of puberty?





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    Late diagnosis of this condition leads to complex invasive surgery. Whilst some babies are picked up at birth we have a real issue within out existing screening programme and hundred's of babies are being missed. The situation is complicated as many health professionals have no awareness of the difference early diagnosis means to the outcome. Babies detected and treated early (before 12 weeks) have a 95% chance of 100% cure. Check out steps charity website for what parents can look out for.





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    I'm the same age mate,I'm the same,don't worry,it starts to (puberty) happen fully now on,hope I helped (i used to think the same as u aswell but now I read stuff about it and its just puberty starts fully at 13)

    My 3-yr old son was diagnosed with molluscum, and we were also told to just wait it out and the bumps would go away on their own (anywhere from a few months to a couple of years). We decided to try Zymaderm, which is a homeopathic remedy, made of all natural ingredients (the base is tea tree oil). After only 2 weeks of applying Zymaderm once a day (they suggest twice a day, but it's difficult to get a 3-yr old to hold still twice a day!), the bumps are drying up and disappearing. We've been really happy with the results of Zymaderm. It's still too early to tell if this is the end of his bout with molluscum, but the spread seems to have stopped, and the bumps are looking far less extreme than they did in the early weeks when the bumps first began to appear & spread. Many have flattened out and there are simply light scars left behind.





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    My 9 year old son has a foreskin that will not retract. I took him to the GP when he was 4 years old and told to leave it as it would change once he reaches puberty. A couple of days ago it got infected (first time ever) I took him straight to the same GP who impatiently told him to stand up and just get his zip down! He then said. "Yes it's infected- antibiotics and circumcision". I told him my husband had had his foreskin streched as child and he rudely dismissed this and said he would refer him for a circumcision. Then asked him if he could swallow capsules as he made out the prescription for antibiotics. My son was distraught once we left the surgery. I think removing his foreskin is a bit drastic after only one infection and want to leave him to see if things change during puberty. Should I get him to try stretching it in the bath (once his infection has cleared up) or leave it until he reaches puberty.





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    Hi Jackie. Don't worry, there are many boys with the same issues. Circumcision would be drastic action especially if the antibiotics have cleared up the infection. Encourage your son to take regular baths or showers and keep his bits clean. If he can't pull back the foreskin at all then just wash the outside skin in the same way as he washes his legs!! This should be enough action until he reaches puberty and his penis starts to grow and develop. He can then experiment with the stretching exercises. Read some of the other comments here. Take care and get back to us if you need to.

    My daughter was a lucky one and thanks to the Locom GP at my surgery spotting the signs when she was 7 weeks, extra crease.. he referred her as an Urgent Case and explained early treatment was better... We had an appointment the following week at the hospital and my daughter was put in the Pavlik Harness immediatley, her left hip was completely dislocated and her right unstable....... My daughter is now 2 and has been discharged from the Hospital as her hips are "normal" thankfully it has not hindered her development in any way. More needs to be done about this condition. My babies as well as everyone else's should have this picked by the Pead's on dishcarge from hospital after birth.... Early diagnosis as well as Immediate treatment (Not a couple of weeks/months after diagnosis) is essential to the hips. It proves that early and immediate can fix... I dont understand people that diagnose the children and then they wait months for treatment to commence, by which time a simple harness is no good. Luckily for us my daughter will not have to go through the evasive surgery or casts etc... We had 13 weeks in a pavlik harness, OK i couldnt take it off, we couldnt bath her, take her swimming, wear half the pretty clothes she got bought at birth. I had to put her in her cot at 8 weeks old cause she didnt fit the moses basket.. Its nothing when you look at the treatment required when the condition goes undetected.......





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    Hi Sam! It sounds like he might be starting a little bit early. Not to worry. Everything is normal.





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    I was diagnosed at birth, so in that respect I was lucky. But I had no treatment and told that it would sort itself out when I started to walk - it did not. However, despite it being a very bad shallow hip socket on my right side I was absolutely fine all through childhood and my teens. I did a lot of sport, dancing, very active.... Then in my early 20's the pain set in. I had a pelvic osteotomy (PAO) to correct the shallow socket and that eliminated the pain for about 4 years but unfortunately the osteoarthritis had set in. I had that same hip resurfaced earlier this year at age 31 and it has already changed my life - my hip feels like it did back in my teenage years! But its likely that won't be the end of the journey as revision surgery is likely to be in my future. I do think screening from birth is absolutely necessary, but I'm not certain whether all cases can be treated early on which will negate the requirement for further surgery. But screening is vital to having a choice! I was 'lucky' enough to have that choice. I'm also lucky to not be living pain free due to amazing medical treatment.





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    I am 13 and weigh 13st 12lbs but I exercise and eat healthy well kind of but I can't lose any weight please I need help I don't want to die early





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