Coping techniques for children (including boys) who have early development of breasts


Gynecomastia (Male breast growth)
Male breast growth has significant emotional consequences for a pre-pubescent or adolescent boy. This condition is often an invitation for teasing from peers. Most boys faced with this tend to hide their chest when in public or to stay out of group activities altogether.

Typically, boys suffering from gynecomastia avoid swimming, taking their shirts off, and other activities where others can see their breasts. Some are so bothered by this condition that they don’t even share their pain with parents, peers, and do not understand the why they are having this problem. It is important to engage children early on, so that they can come to understand their condition and how to cope with it.

Surprisingly, gynecomastia is a condition that affects between 40 and 60% of all males. Breast development easily happens during adolescence and may have many possible causes, including psychiatric drugs, like Risperdal®.

Growth may begin as a small lump just under the areola (colored skin around the nipple). During growth, this tissue is often tender.

What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is usually secondary as a result of hormonal imbalances between testosterone and estrogen often occurs during puberty.

But gynecomastia can also be the result of an underlying medical problem, or can be induced by drugs such as Risperdal®.

Treatments for gynecomastia
Treatment may be required if your child has very large breast development and it is shrinking. In addition, surgery may be required in cases where the breast growth is causing a stress anxiety in your child. When male breast growth does not stop within three years, it may not go away on its own. In those cases, you should consult a Plastic Surgeon.

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