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#1 of 7 Old 11-04-2007, 08:48 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My almost 4-year old dd has had very fine pubic hair since birth. I was the only one to notice it and I was re-assured by her docs that it was best to wait and see if the development continued.

My own research backed that up and I was not anxious to subject her to much unnecessary testing.

A few months ago, I noticed the appearance of very fine underarm hair with no odor.

Last night however, I noticed one darker, coarser pubic hair and this AM dd complained of what looked like a little bit of discharge on her panties.

We are of Af-Am descent and I know that early puberty is more common in our people.

Anyone else experience this with their preschool-age child?

Anyone find any natural remedies that stalled or reversed precocious puberty in a little girl?

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I would be taking her to an endocrinologist at this point. I know you don't want to subject her to testing, etc. but if she has early hormone production it can really affect her growth.

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I would be taking her to an endocrinologist at this point. I know you don't want to subject her to testing, etc. but if she has early hormone production it can really affect her growth.
I concur. You want to make sure she doesn't have a tumor, or something else. Also you have not talked about breast buds -- does she have those? I think those appear early in precocious puberty. Also the underarm odor seems to preceed the underarm hair in actual puberty.

I would do whatever I could to reverse it if precocious puberty happened in my child.

Things that put girls at risk of puberty *a little earlier* than other children seem to be things like screen time interfering with melatonin production, and the presence of unrelated males / stepfathers. I think this explains the somewhat earlier puberty seen in the U.S. African Americans, more than anything else. Is there evidence that AA girls will mature younger in the absence of these factors?
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Definatly take her in for testing. You want her to grow right and some conditions can really stunt her growth. I hope you get the answers you are looking for.

 
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I will definitely have her seen by her pediatrician. Upon closer observation, the one "different -looking " hair that I saw was gone so that may have been mine or hers from our head.

She has neither breast buds nor underarm odor and her pubic and axillary hair are actually then the same as they have been birth- very fine and barely noticeable.

I will continue checking to see if there is any further discharge so I can let her pediatrician know about that as well.

Thanks for the warnings about the seriousness about this- I was aware of that but appreciate your concern.

Also, I do not know much about the causes of premature puberty in Af-Am girls but I will research to find out more.
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Af-Am descent: yes, it is more common for there to be hair there as it is easier to be seen. It doesn't necessarily mean pp. You should have her see a pediatric endocrinologist to make sure she doesn't have it.

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And just in case it hasn't been thought of, make sure you are avoiding soy, parabens, and getting hormone free dairy and meat.
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