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Old 09-28-2008, 03:08 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Ds, who is 11.5 yo, came to me last night and said he had a "bump" on his chest and was worried about it. When I felt it, he does have what feels like a "breast bud" under one of his nipples. I reassured him that it was probably quite normal and related to hormone changes (which he seems to have a lot of lately!), but I'm wondering if 1) anyone else had this experience? and 2) should I bring him to the dr. just in case?
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My dh has that. It's a condition called gynocomastia. Definitely take him in to have it checked.

My dh thinks it's because he used to have a really poor diet (soy protein shakes & lots of Dr Pepper) as well as the hormones in our meats and stuff.

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It's called gynecomastia and very normal. There isn't anything to worry about unless it doesn't go away by the end of puberty. It usually dissappears after about (sorry to your son that it takes so long) two years.

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Apparently my father had it (with a horrible grandmother who made fun of him for it) & it went away as he left puberty.

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40% of boys get it during puberty.

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If it doesn't correct by the end of junior high I would consider a visit to a plastic surgeon. It can be corrected and will be covered by insurance when the patient is a minor but will be considered cosmetic and not covered when he reaches 18. It is not very risky to correct.
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