Dr. Betti Hertzberg Ressler is a Board Certified Pediatrician on staff at Miami Children's Hospital. Dr. Hertzberg developed the toilet training video "Let's Go Potty." She is the co-author of "The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies for Children."
Question: My 6 year old has hair starting to grow on her vagina on the lips. Is this where pubic hair starts to grow first during puberty or is this something else, my daughter also has little breasts which I thought was just baby fat until I say the hair on her vaginal lips. Is my daughter starting puberty? Tara
It's not unusual these days to see puberty starting early, however, age 6
years is considered to be premature. Your description of physical signs
of puberty are on target for the beginning of puberty.
Genetics plays a very important part in the age and rate at which children
will develop both mentally and physically. Environment is important also.
Overweight children tend to mature earlier, as well as children who are on
certain medications. These are just a few causes for premature puberty.
Whatever the cause, it would be appropriate to discuss this with your
daughter's pediatrician. He or she may feel that it needs to be followed up
more closely, possibly consulting a specialist in this field
There are a certain percentage of children who do go into puberty at an early
age, without a specific cause.
There are also a percentage of children that are found to have an underlying
cause leading to premature puberty i.e.: abnormal hormone levels resulting
from different causes. (This is why it is important that you discuss this
with your child's pediatrician) Make a list of questions that you have and
keep a diary.
List the symptoms that would be helpful i.e.: deodorant use, acne and other
physical changes related to puberty. Discuss these with the pediatrician.
Also see: Plantar's warts
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This information is not intended to be a substitute for visiting your pediatrician. If you or your child has specific concerns, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.