Re: Breast lump in a child
Asked by Lissi
Hi, This is the first time i have asked a question and arent really sure how it works, but willing to try anything to get some answers. My 10yo girl has just GA_googleFillSlot("minti_advice_island_logged_out_300x250"); presented to me with a lump in behind one of her nipples and hasnt yet began to develop breasts.. am not sure if this is all part of puberty, also the lump is on one side and not on the other..does anyone else think i should be concerned about this or is this common?? Any advice would help..
Ok, firstly don't panic!! Have you taken her to your doctor yet? How long has it been there?
I remember when my breasts started growing (arrgghhh, and Mum called it "budding" like I was a flower and that should make me happy about it!!). A pea sized lump appeared in one then the other a few weeks apart. It was painful to lay on my tummy and I was worried something was wrong. A quick trip to the doctor confirmed Mum was right, and it was the beginning of breast growth. as with most stages of development, the signs that puberty is starting can vary from child to child.
From the age of 9-10, most girls will start to develop their pre-puberty body and this may include "cellulitish" dimpling around the tummy, fat on their hips, "bumps" in their breats, slight hair growth under the arm pits or pubic area, and body odour - but we all develop at different ages and in different patterns.
My youngest (I have 2 stepdaughters aged 24 and 21 and two children of my own aged 14 and 10) has had occasional body odour under her arms for about a year now - that she says smells like burritos!. At the same time this began she started to get a bit dimply around her tummy and a little more round in the face. When she noticed the body change, she said "Mum, I'm fat! Why?" I assured her that it was just her body getting ready for puberty and that it is perfectly healthy and normal to go through these changes. Although she shows no signs of breasts yet, I have shared my experience with her so that if she feels a lump in one or both of hers she will let me know, and I am expecting it any day now!!
Remember to stay calm when discussing body development wiht your daughter, assure her it is all quite normal and make her feel proud of her changing shape. If you ahve the chance to attend a puberty workshop at her school, do take it. If they haven't already held one perhaps you could speak to your principal about it? I attended one with my son when he was almost 10 and it was a great night that I found really informative. Not only will you elarn some things, but it will provide you and your daughter with opportunities to discuss things together and she will see that everyone, both male and female, go through this important developmental stage.
One thing I was impressed witha t the one I attended was the presents and her rapport with the kids - she made it sensible but light hearted for them, non-threatening, and above all else, she stressed that at NO TIME should anyone make fun of their peers (male or female) at this crucial stage of development as it can contribute to eating disorders later on.
I hope this is of help to you