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mental retardation and early development
Anon_183567 posted:
My youngest daughter will be 5 in July. She has severe mental retardation due to a rare brain defect she's had since the womb. She still has the defect. Her new neurolgoist thinks she may have a brain tumor. We are waiting to have the MRI w/ contrast to see.

The last few months I have noticed breast development. In fact, by next year or within the next 6 months I will likely put her in a small bra of some kind. She also gives off body odor (as an adult would) and I started putting underarm deodorant on her. I'm wondering if her neurlogical issues may be contributing to this? I developed early as a child (started wearing a bra at , but this seems extremly young. Should I disucss this with her pediatrician or neurlogist? She is physically healthy (no physical health problems), she is not overweight.
Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
Please do discuss with all of her doctors - this could be a hormone imbalance that needs to be addressed. Here is an article with additional information:

How Doctors Diagnose and Treat Precocious Puberty

Stephensmom1214 responded:
I would suggest that you bring it up with both. It could be that the brain damage has caused issues with early hormonal development. They will likely refer you to another specialist. Good luck!
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