Home>News Center>Life

Early puberty alarms as toddler has enlarged bust
(Shanghai Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-28 09:41

A three-year-old girl has enlarged breasts, a sign of early puberty, and her mother's cosmetics, which contain hormone, may be to blame.

The girl kisses her mother every day and may have ingested the hormone, said doctors.

Obesity is one of the major threats to children's health.
"Some cosmetics contain estrogen, which can delay skin aging," said Dr Yan Fengting, a gynecologist. "A child's skin has a stronger penetrating power. The estrogen can enter a child's body through the skin."

Experts claim an unhealthy lifestyle and wanton use of medicines and tonics have seriously affected the growth of local children. More cases of obesity, short figure and early puberty have been reported.

According to Dr Jiang Jinjin, director of the outpatient service dealing with children at Changhai Hospital, her department has seen 20 to 40 patients every day during the summer holiday, double the usual figure.

"Due to parents' poor awareness and their own fatty diet, more than 20 percent of local children are obese," said Jiang. "In addition to obesity, early puberty is another problem."

"High-calorie diet, fast food and abuse of tonics are the cause of early puberty," she said. "Mothers should not share adult skin care products or cosmetics with their children."

Experts said local children's puberty period has been advanced due to good nutrition. It normally starts between 12 to 13 years old.

Early puberty means girls have enlarged breasts before they are eight years old or have periods before they are 10.

For boys, they have sexual development before nine, doctors said.

Steven Chow's 'voice' for sale online
Jodie Foster sweet on 'Sugar Kings'
Andy Lau makes love story
  Today's Top News     Top Life News

NASA stops shuttle flights until hazard fixed



Central bank said cooling yuan down



Skies open wide for pilots from abroad



Little progress for 2nd day of nuke talks



China starts training women astronauts



Veterinarians play down disease threat


  Steven Chow's 'voice' for sale online
  Tojo's granddaughter: Japan war PM no criminal
  Sanmao, China's favorite son turns 70
  Early puberty alarms as toddler has enlarged bust
  Clinton offered 40 goats, 20 cows to marry Chelsea
  Japan WW2 resolution won't cite 'aggression
  Go to Another Section  
  Story Tools  
  Related Stories  
Computer to combat child obesity
HK doctors sound alarm bells
  1/3 Chinese youth condone premarital sex