With two girls in our house, I have spent a bit of time thinking about girls on the cusp of puberty. It also is a pretty hot topic amongst my parent friends who have girls this age, and is getting quite a bit of attention in even the mainstream media. Here is one article from the NY Times called, Puberty Before Age 10: A New Normal? I believe the study of over 1200 girls mentioned in this article is this one in the medical journal “Pediatrics”.
We can argue all day long about the causation of early puberty. Is it the estrogens, phytoestrogens, and other hormone disrupters in our food, water and environment? Is it the levels of different things within our own bodies at the time we got pregnant with the children who are now growing up to be girls on the cusp of puberty? Is it something we just haven’t figured out yet?
WebMD details a few of the possible medical causes and signs of puberty and notes that the difference between early puberty and “regular” puberty is not in the signs , but in the timing. I find it interesting that in this article the signs of puberty for girls is detailed solely as breast development and the onset of menstruation, but when I talk to parents about the signs of puberty they are worried about it can be about breast budding as well, but many times it is more about the moodiness/fluctuating emotions, talking back to parents that may be presumed due to hormonal change, pubic hair developing or body odor or even just their daughter wanting to wear a bra.
Here is what I am finding most of my parents friends and readers to be doing: Continue reading