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Delayed Breast Growth in Children: Care Instructions


As a girl goes through puberty, her body goes through many changes. Besides breast growth, her hips round and she gets pubic and underarm hair. She may start her period. In most cases, a delay in these body changes is not a reason for concern. Some medical conditions may cause a delay. Hormone levels also play a role in body changes. If you and your doctor are concerned about the delayed breast growth, your child's hormone levels can be tested. If a medical cause is found, your doctor may treat it.

Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.

How can you care for your child at home?

  • Offer your daughter support and understanding. Let her know that a delay can be normal. This can help her get through the time before her breasts grow.
  • If your child's doctor prescribes medicine, give it as directed. Call your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems with your child's medicine.
  • If your daughter is anxious about her body, find a counsellor she likes and trusts. Encourage her to talk openly and honestly about her body image.

When should you call for help?

Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:

  • Your child is very concerned or sad about delayed breast growth.

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