Do bi-racial children develope faster

JulieAnn - posted on 07/06/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My daugter is half puerto rican and she has had to wear deoderant sinse she was 4, she is now 7 and is growing a little bit of hair under her arms. she has also gotten pimples here and there since she was six. My friend said that bi-racial children develope faster then others. Is this true. It has me worried because her aunt Rosa started her period at the age of eight and I dont know if she could deal with that this soon.

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Jamie - posted on 04/05/2013

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I don't think it has anything to do with race, but more-so the added hormones in all of our food now-a-days. I didn't start "developing" until 6th grade, but my daughter had to start wearing a bra in the beginning of 4th grade. Now she's in the 5th grade, is tall and thin, but upon our last shopping trip, found she is now in Juniors clothing sizes(the 14-16 in girls are too tight or too short). She has underarm hair & a small amount of hair down below as well.

Compared to 20 years ago, the foods we eat all have hormones & other additives in them. EVERY meat you purchase has hormones in it.. which naturally transfers to the person eating it. I have noticed that children of ALL races now-a-days seem to hit puberty MUCH earlier than what was considered "normal" 20 years ago.

Lyndal - posted on 10/04/2009

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Genetics has a lot to do with it but I don't think it's down to race necessarily within that. I developed around the age of 10 and all the women in my family have for the past few generations, beyond that we couldn't say. We are of mixed Scottish, Irish heritage.
I agree with the advice about deodorants. make sure it's aluminium free! or do some research about natural/herbal deodorants and use them instead - if you must.
Is the smell that bad? It's a shame that society puts pressure on us to 'not smell'.
Here in Africa (West atm) Body Odour is a part of everyday life that everyone just takes for granted. :)
Visit your paediatrician but I'd hesitate to give any shots to slow development.
Raise her well and when she's a woman she'll be stronger for it and take on your grounded advice. That's what happened to me. I went through teasing and advances from 10 onwards but as a woman and a mother it's not so important anymore. It's the advice and support my mother gave me that has stuck with me, not the negative side.
I know it's hard cause she's so young.
I wish you the best.

Teasha - posted on 09/16/2009

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no its not true its the dna of the mother and father that make the child devolop quicker trust me im half white and half black and didnt start to develop for awhile

Maria - posted on 09/05/2009

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Unfortunately, that's just a lot of bally-hoo, so to speak. My youngest son developed faster as a toddler simply because he had an older brother to look up to. Otherwise, a pediatrist once told me that children develop differently at any given age.

Nicole - posted on 09/05/2009

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It's funny you asked that, cause my 14yr old, mind you just turned 14 on 4-10, she is 5'9, 175lbs,wears size 11 in shoes, wears a 38DD and started with aunt flo 2 months after turning 11 yrs old. She dosen't have any fat on her she's all solid mus. She's in the 9th grade this yr and is going out for track and field along with playing basketball, the high school couch wants her on his Jr Varsity team....... So I guess I'll really find out when my 7yr old gets a little older, but as far as I can tell I'd have to say "YES"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My 7yr old has to wear deordarent already, too. I also think that alot of kids in this new generation are growing up a little to fast.......

Sheila - posted on 09/04/2009

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It is true but have you taken her to her pediatrician. my daughter is half hispanic and started smelling uder her arms and come to find out she had diabetes but also there is a shot that they have that can stop them from going through all of that at such a early age.

Jessica - posted on 09/01/2009

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I know a family friend that had this problem with their daughter, they actually had to put her on hormones to stop puberty from coming on so early cause she started developing breasts at eight. You need to talk to your doctor.

Cassandra - posted on 07/27/2009

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Being Bi-Racial usually doesnt have anything to do with developement. A child developes at his/her own rate, some faster than others. There are things that influence the progression rate such as added hormones in vegetables, milk, and other food products that your child may consume. There have been studies done on milk that children who drink milk with added growth hormones tend to hit puberty faster (at a younger age)

Jami - posted on 07/25/2009

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I don't think it has anything to do with race. My sisters kids who are all black started wearing deodorant at a very young age. The pediatrician told her to try baby powder under the arms but she just used mild deodorant. It is a shame that kids are developing so fast these days. I seriously think it's all the hormones they use to grow food quickly. Good luck.

Tammy - posted on 07/23/2009

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I have 2 mixed children white/black they are 3 and 5 and they are not developing any faster then my full white child that is now 8

Ajia - posted on 07/18/2009

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Certain races have been proven to develop earlier than others. So depending what a child is mixed with that may be a factor. Other than that, sometimes it's just the luck of the draw. However, deodorant at 4 years old does not seem okay to me - I would have a physical done by a family physician to make sure this is normal development for her.

Amy - posted on 07/15/2009

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Oh goodness, your daughter should not be wearing deodorant so young, no offense but that is really dangerous! They have been doing studies on the adverse reactions (including cancer) of deodorants for years. She is still develping and more and more of the aluminum contained in deodorant is building up her system. Please be careful and good luck. Also my daughter is 9 and mixed white/black. She has pretty thick hair and lots of it all over her body.

Charlene - posted on 07/14/2009

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Hi, I don't think that being bi-racial has anything to do with how fast a child develops. I was wearing a bra when I was 8. Every child develops differently and at different rates. When taking a Early Childhood Development course, I learned that research has shown a growing trend of children developing physically earlier. You may have to explain about periods earlier than you anticipatied, but if you explain it to her, she should be able to cope with it with your help. If you still have concerns about it, ask her doctor about it.

N - posted on 07/08/2009

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My daughter is 4 1/2 and she seems to be developing pretty fast, but I think it's because her dad is 6'4 , my son however is 3 and he's very skinny and doesn't seem to be developing as much. I've never heard of the theory but you never know

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I'm not sure I hope not! My daughter is Half Dominican and I can tell she's going to have dark hair over her body...it's sad to say but I can already see the dark hair on her upper lip! and she's getting dark hairs on her arms and legs and she's only 8 months old but she wasn't hairy when she was born...just on her head

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