My son has bad stretch marks?

Sharon - posted on 09/16/2010 ( 27 moms have responded )

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My 13 year old teenage son, has suddenly got major deep stretch marks all over his ribs & down his spine on his back and also some across his hips! He is so skinny it just doesnt make sense.
(He is underweight if anything, certainly not even so much as a 1lb overweight). I can only assume that because he has become soo tall very quickly, that this is the cause of his problems.
Anyone else had experience of this?

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Lesley - posted on 01/30/2012

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my son is 17, slim and average hight. In the last couple of weeks he has developed bad stretch marks all over his hips. We also cant understand why.

Janet - posted on 04/10/2013

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My son is 14 and has no extra pounds on him at all, very slender. He has stretch marks, but only on one side of his ribs. I thought that was odd with it being just one side. I admit he has grown a lot!! So I figured it was from that...he also runs track so he is fit. I just talked with him and told him that he grew too fast for his skin. He is taller then I am and has only just recently become taller then me but a good 3 inches. I still tell him though that it is an optical illusion he is not taller then I am and never will be :) Mederma makes a cream just for stretch marks that I bought for him...does work but 35 is pricey!!!

Dawn - posted on 11/23/2011

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my 13 yr old son has the same thing but its all on his back and sholders

Jacquie - posted on 06/21/2013

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Amazing what you find when searching the internet for your own problems, and find so many others experiencing the same thing! My son is 12 and he just showed us that he has stretch marks on his hips/thighs and I noticed marks around his knees (odd) but I supposed reading these remarks, those are classic growing areas and he is growing rapidly at the moment. He has never been over weight, a little on the shorter side until recently, so reading these comments eases my mind a little! Thank you!

Laura - posted on 09/17/2010

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Wow! I've never experienced anyone with this issue. You're reasoning, though, seems logical--growth spurt (surge!). If you really wanted to know, though, I would simply take him to your doctor for a physical. In the meantime, a vitamin E based lotion or cream can help deminish the sight of the stretch marks. Good luck!

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Laura - posted on 06/25/2014

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Sometimes stretch marks do appear on teenagers. However, there is also a tick borne illness called Bartonella which causes these. Please google pictures and symptoms. It is hard to get treated for this disease though. You usually need to find someone who is Lyme Literate. Good luck ladies.

Laura - posted on 06/25/2014

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Sometimes stretch marks are just stretch marks. Sometimes they are related to a tick borne disease called Bartonella. You should Google pictures on that.

Sharon - posted on 05/18/2014

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I'd like to add that my son remans tall, is still skinny & the stretch marks totally disaappeared. (He is now just 17 years old & I don't exactly know how soon they disappeared, but they did and after 3.5 years they are no where in sight. YET they were very very bad (like he had been whipped with a cat of nine tails!)... So everything for him is all good... :)

Valerie - posted on 04/30/2014

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Just an update about my previous reply. We did take my son to the dr. His primary suggested we see a geneticist to rule out Marfan Syndrome. After reading about it I was freaked out. Thinking I was going to tell me active son who plays football,basketball, & volleyball he can no longer play sports. Don't get me wrong my sons life is more important than sports. But it would have devastated him. Anyways, after spinal xrays & a cardiograham. That has finally been ruled out. If you have tall, slender kids who have had a large & fast growth spurt, stretch marks etc pls just ask your dr about Marfan Syndrome. If they are active in sports this ailment affects the heart. Better safe than sorry.

Valerie - posted on 03/10/2014

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My son is also 13 and has just grown 7 inches since August 2013. He has the stretch marks in his lower back on spine & side by his ribs. It is common to get then on the spine if the child has had a large growth spurt. I would still take them in to be seen. I did just to make sure. They need to check the coloring & will probably take blood work. Only to make sure it isn't Pituitary gland issue.

Chet - posted on 02/06/2014

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I knew a guy in high school who had stretch marks from a big growth spurt he had when he was 14. My husband has stretch marks on his upper legs from cycling and building muscle so quickly as an older teen. Some people are more prone to scarring and will develop stretch marks more easily. I had four kids and still don't have any stretch marks, but I don't scar easily. I don't think my mom got stretch marks when she was pregnant either.

Liz - posted on 02/06/2014

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My son is 15 and I noticed a few stretch marks on his back before. Now his back, neck, chest and upper arms are covered. He has put on some weight, but not enough to be covered the way he is. He has always had growth spurts where he would grow really quickly, but this makes no sense to me. I feel so bad for him, because he is embarrassed to take off his shirt.

Jeanice - posted on 12/18/2013

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try this book its not just for women, boys and girls can use it. the info in this book helped my stretch marks incredibly i"ve been using it for 2 months and mostly all my stretch marks are gone i"ve recommended this to many of my friends and they bought one themselves after i let them use mine...lol and its really not expensive at all heres the link http://tinyurl.com/lutvokp tell me how it works for him i love hearing great reviews on this book.

Violet - posted on 11/27/2013

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My teenage daughter have a lot too on her arm ,shoulder,legs, lower back ,and suddenly a lot came up on her belly I don't no what to do, she's a little over weight but lately I've been using the bullet an giving her lots of juices which she's loosing inches but they were there before,,

Tanya - posted on 11/21/2013

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My son is 17, 6ft 6 and has purple red stretch marks all over his back. The simple reason of growing doesn't wash with me. All guys grow and don't have stretch marks and they do not ever go away. You can lighten them but that's it. Stretch marks on tall skinny boys could also be a sign of marfan syndrome, best to go to doctor for thorough tests. :-)

Jessica - posted on 11/06/2013

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My 17 year old had this around the same age and now my 14 year old just started to get it. The doctor told me it had to due with hormones and acne and put my oldest on acutane for acne. It didn't help with either. At 16 my oldest had 5 strokes that are from an unknown cause most likely taking protein supplements he was obsessed with working out. My 14 year old will not be put on the acne drug because the side effects and possible damage to the liver is not worth it. I do know they will get worse. After a while my oldest back looked like I had been whipping him for years. I still don't know the reason. The only thing that came back in the blood work - 100's of texts was a protein S deficiency which causes his blood to clot, yet when he cut his hand at work and face during a car accident his blood doesn't clot. This is a new mystery that is happening to all of our young boys and the doctors don't have a clue. Please keep us updated if anyone finds out what the cause is from a doctor that has a clue.

Michelle - posted on 10/10/2013

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My 13 year old son is also skinny but he is growing tall fast and he has them on his back I was going to take him to the doctor, but noticed it happens to alot of skinny kids so I will just keep checking it.

Leah - posted on 09/02/2013

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all of these stories are so similar to my story about my son,please get blood work done,it could be bordelta disease,form of lymes,not sure about spelling,do your children have any other symptoms,other than stretch marks,tired,my son is tired and his knee hurts!!!

Leah - posted on 09/02/2013

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my son also is 13,we just noticed stretch marks on his side,and thigh and hip area,he is very active,and very lean,I also thought it was from growing,could it be bordella disease,a form of lymes disease,not sure of the correct spelling,all of the stories I am reading are similiar to the ones with children with bordella disease,I brought my son to the doctor,I am having blood work done!!

Laura - posted on 08/19/2013

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yes,i am seeing this now on my 14 yr old son. did you find out what is was??

Laura - posted on 08/19/2013

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it is strange to get on spine,as it is common to see these marks on hips,legs,arms,etc. but the lower spine??
Pharmacist said that is not streatchmarks when i went to buy coco butter,she said you would'nt get them there.???

Liana - posted on 01/28/2012

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I wonder if increased circulation would help stretch marks? my son 13, has stretch marks - under his arms - back of thighs, across his lower back... - he's not the most active of boys and I just wonder if he was more physically active whether they still would have appeared? He is growing rapidly and looks like he's going to be quite tall...I don't know are these other's with stretch marks physically active? if so there goes that theory!

Triveni - posted on 09/22/2010

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Yea this will happen in teanagers because of growing tall.. my nephew got the same problem

Sharon - posted on 09/20/2010

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Ive googled it and its not at all uncommon... It is down to rapidly (height) growth so nothing can be done really. He must have grown about 3 1/2 inches in around 8 weeks in his upper body alone so this would explain things somewhat....

Julie - posted on 09/17/2010

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my son started getting stretch marks when he was 13 and is now 22 with tham on his hips arms and stomach. there are products designed for stretch marks to fade them in apearance but other wise there is nothing you can . my son has learnt to live with it now and honestly yours will too. they dont stay red and angry looking all the time they do fade and wont be as noticeable as they are right now.

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