Helping Your Early Bloomer
If it turns out that your child is an early bloomer, there are a few things you can do to help ease him or her through what can be an unsettling time.
- Talk it out. "Children are transitioning into friend-based relationships and being different in any way can be traumatic," says LuAnn Moraski, DO, assistant professor and director of the Med-Peds Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. "Start discussing 'growing up' and how it can happen early. If kids know what to expect, they will be less worried that there is something 'wrong' with them."
- Share your concerns with your child's doctor. "Don't worry alone," advises Dr. Moraski. "Talk to your child's doctor -- he or she may be able to allay your fears."
- Follow up with a specialist, if necessary. If your child's doctor is concerned, he or she may refer your child to a pediatric endocrinologist for additional evaluation.
- Reassure your child about the changes her body is undergoing. "If your child's doctors determine her development is normal for her, explain that she's just 'leading the pack' and others will catch up," says Dr. Moraski. Also, be open to issues like her wearing deodorant and picking out a bra that you may have to consider earlier than you thought.
- Let your child know he's loved. Show your child through words and actions that he's loved unconditionally just the way he is.
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