Q. Kindly explain the growth cycle of a female child.

Answered by
Dr. Simy Mathew
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Nov 09, 2018

Hi doctor,

My daughter is nine years old. She had body odor in the armpit. I was alarmed because it smelled like an adult body odor. She had sweating. A few days ago, she told about her nipple that one nipple looks normal and the other one looks hard. I want to know whether she has reached the puberty stage. I have another daughter. She is 13 years old. She does not have these problems when compared to my younger one. Please help.

Dr. Simy Mathew

Paediatrics
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Hi,

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It is normal to have these findings now because a few kids have it. Normal growth cycle follows these ways. The first one is thelarche. In this, there is a development of the breast. The second one is pubarche. In this, there is a development of pubic hair. Then the next one is menarche. In this one, there is an onset of menses.

In between thelarche and pubarche, there is a growth spurt. So all these occur gradually. It is normal for your child to have this development. You can consult a doctor when there are secondary sexual characters like breast development and growth of pubic hair before eight years of age in a female child.

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