What is causing my 11yr old daughter to feel pain/soreness arounnd her left breast?

Amebr - posted on 08/18/2011 ( 40 moms have responded )

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Is the pain/soreness a sign that she could be getting her period soon? or something more serious?

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Maria - posted on 04/08/2013

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Hi my name is Maria. I have a 14 year old who already has had her period since she was about 12. He body is very developed except for her breasts. Her nipples have always been sore for a while but nothing really seems to develop much. Should I be concerned?

Melania - posted on 08/22/2011

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My daughter is 10 soon to be 11 and about a year ago she complained about soreness and pain around her breast area. I checked her and I could feel little knots & of course it worried me so I called her doctor for a medical opinion and she told me that it was normal and she was probably developing. Sure enough about 2 weeks later she had little "mosquito bites". Everything has checked out well with her since then and now I think we are starting puberty. She's very moody and I think she's getting ready to start her menstrual cycle. I'm just not sure I'm ready for that! Best of luck!

Tara - posted on 08/18/2011

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Has she developed breasts yet? Pain/soreness around the breast area can be a sign she is either developing breasts, or, if she has already developed breasts, it may be a sign that they are growing (it was for me).

It may also be a sign she could be getting her period soon. I had both symptoms when I started developing breasts at 9, and by the time I was 11 I had started my period so pain/soreness around my breasts was a sign that I was about to start my period (still is for that matter and I'm 39 now).

Nicole - posted on 08/23/2011

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She is probably starting puberty, it may not be for another little while or it could be soon. I do not have a little girl so I cant offer any advice to you on what I would do, but I do remember when I first started going through puberty and the pain/discomfort I had. The tenderness in her breasts could be a sign of her first period. I would say dont worry right now, just monitor her but if the pain or discomfort becomes more and more persistent I would suggest a doctor visit.

Sandi - posted on 01/26/2013

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What helps with the soreness? My daughter is 14 and has already developed (but may be developing, more) and is complaining of soreness and pain. I've given her aleve for pain but wondered if I should apply cold or heat?

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Diana - posted on 08/24/2011

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I bought 2 great books (used) from Amazon. 1 is "The Feelings Book: The Care & Keeping of Your Emotions" (American Girl) by Dr. Lynda Madison, Norm Bendell. The other was "The Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls" (American Girl) by Valorie Schaefer, Norm Bendell. I tried looking up some books at the library, but so many of them had information that I wasn't prepared to cover yet like precisely how babies are made with graphic medical descriptions complete with pictures of the boy & girl working parts & how it happens. I pulled my then 10-yr-old daughter aside & told her that I had them in my room, showed her where, and told her that she was welcomed to look at them anytime she liked and if she had any questions she could come to me. I followed up periodically when it was just the 2 of us and pulled them out while we giggled over the things in the book. (She is really shy & extremely embarrased about it, so being silly & giggling with her was the best way to get through the key points without any "Lalala...I can't hear you...I can't hear you. Moooooom! STOP! This is embarrassing!" It was great for the 2 of us because to be honest, it's been quite a while since I've been there and there were some things that she found interesting that I'd completely forgot happened. :)

Nana - posted on 08/24/2011

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I see a lot of reference to the hormones in our food supply. I totally agree! My oldest daughter had issues when she went into puberty with migraines and that was what I was told then. I should tell you she is now 40 so it was a while back and they were talking about it then. I did find some nutritional therapy answers for her and used them on my other two daughters as well. It also worked for me when I hit menopause, the other end of this issue.

Diana - posted on 08/22/2011

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I just wanted to add a quick note to help you through the PMS that is on its way if it hasn't already started. Naturally, you may feel better asking your family doctor first. Both my OB/GYN & family doctor recommended B-Complex vitamins & Calcium with Magnesium & Zinc for me because I have PMDD (Think PMS only worse) and didn't want to take any prescription meds if I could avoid it. Liquid B-Complex Vitamins taste just like sugar water. You put a drop or 2 under your (or her) tongue & hold it there for 30 seconds then swallow. They also have it in pill form, but sometimes kids have trouble or are unwilling to swallow pills. It helps both of us surprisingly quickly. I started noticing in the last year that my 11-yr-old gets whiny, EXTRA sensitive, and cries a lot right around the same time I'm PMS'ing. One dropper for her & a pill for me and the rest of the family starts coming out from their hiding spots. LOL. You don't have to take them all the time, just when you notice that you are PMS'ing.

My sister started giving them to my nephew (13) who is also very moody sometimes. I gave him some when they were at my house for a birthday party because on the way over he told my sister that he was in a really bad mood & didn't know why. He told her later that he couldn't believe how much better he felt after about a 1/2 hr.

I was skeptical when I first tried it, but figured it couldn't hurt. I was pleasantly surprised when it actually worked and now I try to tell everyone about them. It's hard to imagine that something so simple could make such a big difference.

Arden Greenspan-Goldberg - posted on 08/22/2011

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Hi Maria, She is rather young. You are right to look at the history in your family for onset and period regulation. She could regulate within the next few years. It is not unusual for kids that young to skip a few cycles as well. Congrats to her, a big life passage and so young but she is in a big circle of girls these days that start younger and younter.

My best, Arden

Arden Greenspan-Goldberg - posted on 08/22/2011

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The emotional and dramatic Moooom is a sure sign that her period is around the corner. Yes and girls are developing so much younger now. The other day a mom of an 8 year old said to be she is starting to "act like a teenager." As moms we need to anticipate and prepare big time and make her period a life passage to rejoice!
www.askarden.com

Diana - posted on 08/22/2011

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I remember when I was 11 and started having pain. Those darn breast buds were a nuisance, but when you explain that it's just growing pains coming because of getting older, it won't seem as upsetting. My period didn't come until I was 13 thank goodness. My 11-year-old is now going through the same thing. She was also concerned that she was hurting a little but only on one side. Once I went through the questions like "Did you bump yourself there when playing?", "Did you lift anything heavy that you could have pulled a muscle?", and "Where does it hurt exactly?" That's when it dawned on me that she is 11 after all. She is really shy too, so I would have to try to sneak peaks at her underarms. She proudly, yet shyly confessed to 2 actual armpit hairs that she doesn't want to remove because she wants to see how many she will get. LOL.

Gina - posted on 08/21/2011

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My daughter started 2 mths after her 10th bday. At her well child check up the doc said she was at least 1 yr plus away from puberty. Mothers instinct. Her hormones started mimicking my cycles 18 mths ago. She had no pubic hair at the time. None under her arms. She now gas a Lil pubic hair. But still none under her arms. Acne has kicked in BIG time. She has only had ONE full cycle. I NEVER was regular, but when can we expect hers to regulate?

Arden Greenspan-Goldberg - posted on 08/21/2011

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Yes she could be. Check www.askarden.com (Media) Preparing your daughter for her period. First half is medical and the physiological changes second half I talk about the emotional aspect that your wonderful daughter is preparing to go through. American Place has a great show and tell book. My Body Image, Personal Health and Identity Chapter in my new book, "What Do You Expect?: She's A Teenager! A Hope and Happiness Guide for Moms with Daughters ages 11-19 will be helpful as well. I think you will find my new book reassuring for you and your daughter, filled with conversation starters, stories and advice. My daughter is 22, been where you are at. My best. Arden

Carolyn - posted on 08/21/2011

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You've already gotten a lot of good replies. I'd definitely agree it is growing pains, but if you are concerned, it can't hurt to have her examined. My 11 yr daughter started her period 2 weeks after turning 11. We were both bummed at her starting that young. I was 13 with mine and her older sister didn't until the day after she turned 14! So we felt bad for my youngest starting so young. It's not real settled in yet either, she only had one full, real one, just a little cramping the next month with nothing else to show for it. I understand that can happen when they are younger starting out though.

Mary - posted on 08/21/2011

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She is probably having growing pains. and yes she could be ready to get her cycle.

Kimberly - posted on 08/21/2011

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As someone mentioned in an earlier post, puberty can start 2 years prior to any breast growth or period. But I notice that the ages of some of these little girls complaining of growing pains is so young! Horomones in foods is a huge cause of early puberty-- make the switch to organic foods, meats and dairy without added hormones! Your kids will thank you!

Jennifer - posted on 08/21/2011

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The soreness is just around the left breast? You should take her to her doctor. Bilateral breast soreness is associated with cycles for some young adults & women. However considering its just that is atypical & I wouldn't take a chance.

Christine - posted on 08/21/2011

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it is the developent of her breasts or breeast buds. The BEST site for kid info is kidshealth.org
when you notice pubbic hair or under arm hair it expect the start of her period within 18mths.

Maria - posted on 08/20/2011

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my daughter who is almost 12 has the same, and has had it for just over a year, it apparently is the breast buds starting to develop (words of the doctor), so she is starting puberty.

Desiree - posted on 08/20/2011

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My daughter is almost 11 and she had the same thing. I remember be breast pain from when I was younger and I remember it lasting quite some time as well.
Body hair ( pubic and under arm ) are also great detections that puberty is going on. Although if your daughter is like mine you might have to ask... and if you get "MOOOM??!!!!" that your answer is yes. LOL Of course if you're concerned then its best to check it with your doctor.

Roberta - posted on 08/20/2011

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I agree with your other readers. Is she beginning to develop, is pubic or underarm hair starting to grow? More than likely she is starting puberty early. I have heard that it is getting more and more common for girls to start puberty at nine. That is just so young. Even handling the moods is so very hard for a nine year old, never mind menstrual bleeding. Emotionally they aren't ready. They don't know why this is happening. One theory is that they are getting hormones in the milk they drink and other foods. Scary eh? It wouldn't hurt to take her to the Dr. to make sure she is OK and that this is prebuescence. Take care Amebr.

Pamela - posted on 08/20/2011

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The beginnings of puberty, unless she was bumped or knocked in that area in some other way. If there are no outward signs of injury just monitor and relax!

Annette - posted on 08/19/2011

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Has she started or being playing a sport this summer? IT may be her period, but being just 1 breast it may be this..but a few years ago I started getting soreness in my left breast and I was 40 at the time, thought I should get a scan and found out actually it was because I was overworking my pectoral muscle on the left side due to sports, and the work I was doing..muscles in your chest are the same as any other in the body and can be strained just as easily..try not to worry..with summer here and kids being more active than during the school year sitting at a desk it may be this too..still it would be a good idea to ask a doctor, but its probably not anything serious. :)

Rebecca - posted on 08/19/2011

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She could be starting to bud, but if it persists i would take her to the doctor but i think it is just her growing.

Tiesha - posted on 08/19/2011

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My daughter is 8 yrs old and she is developing real fast, she too has pain/soarness around her breasts....the doctor says she is developing fast from all the hormones in the food she eats. She also has cramps now and then so I figure she will be having her period early.

Suze - posted on 08/19/2011

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You know, now that I remember, mom would give me warm tea and a compress when things got painful. The tea? Worthless, but at least she would sit there with me while I drank it and talk to me. That was more valuable than the tea, which to this day, I can't stand. LOL! The warm compresses were most helpful.

Suze - posted on 08/19/2011

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Likely, she's in what is called 'growing pains' from my day. But mom still took me to the doctor, who confirmed it. Then she felt better. I didn't, as I was at that shy stage and the doctor was a MAN! LOL!

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My daughter is eleven also & has pain in her breasts as they are developing very quickly.....nothing to worry about & paying too much attention about it makes it hurt her even more. I bet if you tell her it is normal...she most likely won't complain. If we grabs and squeeze our breast...they will hurt....

Katherine - posted on 08/19/2011

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I would think that it is just a sign that she i starting puberty. i didnt start until i was 13, but had no breasts to show for it until i was around 14....if it still concerns you talk to her doctor

Kristy - posted on 08/19/2011

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My daughter is 11 and has breast. The soreness is from that. She has been in puberty for two years now and has yet to start her period. This surprise her doctor, but she thinks it is because she is involved in a lot of sports. At your daughter's next appt. the docotor can tell you because she can feel for breast tissue.

Nana - posted on 08/19/2011

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It could be either but most likely she is about to start her periods. Girls can go thru hormone fluctuations, similar to a woman, with all of the symptoms that go along with that, for up to 2 years prior to having their first period. Look for other typical hormone sypmtoms but it wouldn't hurt to have doctor check to make sure there is nothing more serious happening.

Jen - posted on 08/18/2011

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chances are they are just growing pains but if your really worried than go to your doctor.

Valerie - posted on 08/18/2011

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My daughter is 9 and has soreness around her breast area. She is just starting to develop. Of course to her, they aren't growing fast enough. :P When is her next check up? If it's anytime soon, just add it to your list of things to ask about.

Katie - posted on 08/18/2011

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My daughter is 11 also. She too is having soreness around her breast area, though she had yet to develope anything. She also complains of cramps and gets very moody at times. I believe its just the beginning of puberty. I hope she is a late bloomer like I was.

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