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7 1/2 yr old developing breasts

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Hello Jennifer,

 

My 7 1/2 year old daughter is starting to develop breasts.  I am concerned because this is very early and I believe it may be due to environmental toxins such as BPA.  

 

My daughter is otherwise very healthy - full of energy, slim and fit.  We have tried to raise her as healthfully as possible, without being fanatical - extended breastfeeding, no vaccinations, organic food, limited sugar.

 

I have consulted an herbalist and am now giving my daughter one cup of nettle/oatstraw/raspberry leaf infusion daily to help strengthen and detox her system.  We are also now being more diligent about avoiding BPA and other toxins.  

 

I know that environmental toxins are everywhere and impossible to totally avoid.  Is there anything else you would recommend to help balance my daughter's system?

 

Thanks very much!

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As a whole, girls and boys are maturing earlier, which is cause for concern among parents.  While our kids are maturing earlier than we did, we have to remember that there is a range of what is considered normal in terms of development, and most children are maturing within that range.  While there are many possibilities as to why kids are maturing faster, certainly toxins and estrogenic substances may be part of the issue.  Increased stress can also be a factor - studies have shown that children raised in stressful situations mature at a faster rate.  This makes sense, as those who mature faster are more likely to pass on their genetic material to subsequent generations.  To nourish proper hormonal health, I recommend to families in my medical practice:

Cut out plastics - whether or not they have BPA - as much as possible in our environments, particularly in our eating environments.  Cook, store, and serve food in non-reactive containers: stainless steel, enamel, glass, ceramic.

Eat a diet as close to natural as possible, including organic animal products, fruits and veggies.  Minimize sugars.

Use non-scented natural body care items, as even lavender oil has been shown to have estrogenic effects

Reduce stress, including reducing screen time (computer/tv), focusing on one task as a time, and allowing all kids unstructured time to play

 

I would also recommend that if you feel your daughter is maturing as a rate that is uncomfortable for her, seek the care of a licensed holistic MD, ND, or NP.  They can help assess your daughter's health and discuss options for treatment, if needed.

 

Warmly,

Dr. Jennifer
 

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I would also like to add that the natural supplement company Thorne has body care products that are completely estrogen-free, and are packaged in estrogen-free containers.  I have no affiliation with the company other than I do prescribe their supplements to many patients because I know they are very high quality products.  Here is a link to their products:

http://www.thorne.com/product/product_category_article.jsp?article_id=10134198673223722

 

Warmly,

Dr. Jennifer

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Thanks Jennifer for your thoughtful reply.  We are now trying to be more diligent about avoiding plastics in our home environment.  I am also going to purchase more unscented body care products.  And I have made an appointment for my daughter to see our naturopath. 
 

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