Children's Health Saint Paul MN

Because boys' first sign of sexual development (enlargement of the testicles) is more hidden, data on them remains sparse. But one federally funded 2001 study of more than 2,000 boys suggests they too are maturing earlier, with 30 percent of Caucasians, 38 percent of African Americans, and 27 percent of Latinos showing some genital development by age 8, and an average age for pubic hair development between 11 and 12.

Lisa Bransford L.Ac, Ma.OM
(651) 644-4460
2388 Universtiy Ave West
Saint Paul, MN
Business
Pediatric Acupuncture and Wellness Center
Specialties
Pediatrics
Doctor Information
Medical School: Northwestern Health Sciences University Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, 2009

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Vicki Thomson
(952) 927-7337
7025 France Avenue South
Edina, MN
Business
Edina Pediatrics
Specialties
Pediatrics
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Most insurance plans accepted. Call to verify that your plan is covered.
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes
Emergency Care: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Fairview Southdale Hospital, Minneapolis Children's Hospital
Residency Training: University of Minnesota
Medical School: University of Minnesota, 1977
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Member Organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics, Children's Physicians Network
Languages Spoken: English,Spanish,Icelandic,Somali

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Dr. Mindy Ann Banks
(413) 794-0000
PO Box 64560
Saint Paul, MN
Specialty
Pediatrics

James David Nordin, MD
(651) 293-8100
Saint Paul, MN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1974

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Dr. Eleanor-Irene B Bucu
(651) 293-8100
205 Wabasha St S
Saint Paul, MN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Bernadette S Coden-Festin, MD
(952) 993-4900
3007 Harbor Ln N
Plymouth, MN
Business
Park Nicollet Clinic Plymouth
Specialties
Pediatrics

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Donna Hoffman, MD
(952) 831-4454
3955 Parklawn Ave
Edina, MN
Business
Southdale Pediatrics Associates Edina
Specialties
Pediatrics

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John Andrew Simon, MD
514 Charles Ave
Saint Paul, MN
Specialties
Pediatrics, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1998

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Raymond C Tervo
(651) 325-2121
200 University Ave E
Saint Paul, MN
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Edward Gregory Seferian, MD
300 Wall St Ste 506
Saint Paul, MN
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1992

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By Lisa Marshall

One day in the fall of 2001, Denise de Reyna glanced at her 4-year-old daughter, Emily, and noticed something terribly odd. “It looked like she had little breasts,” recalls de Reyna, a mother of three who lives in Port Washington, New York. At first, de Reyna attributed it to baby fat. But when she ran her hand across her daughter’s chest and felt a hard mass beneath her nipple, she got worried.

The next day, as Emily stood in the doctor’s examination room putting her clothes back on, the pediatrician delivered some inconceivable news to de Reyna: It looked as though her preschooler was beginning puberty. “I was horrified,” she recalls. “I’d never heard of such a thing.”

Two years later, Emily had developed underarm hair and body odor. With the possibility of early menstruation looming and doctors warning that an early bone growth spurt could radically stunt her final height, Emily’s parents were forced to make a painful decision: Take a wait-and-see approach and face the physical and emotional consequences, or give Emily monthly injections of a hormone suppressant and stall time.

“In my eyes, I could not have my kindergartner going through puberty,” says de Reyna, who reluctantly opted for medication. “She had already lost some of her childhood, and I would be sadder if she had lost more.”

According to researchers, physicians, and parent advocacy groups, such stories continue to grow more common, as the average age of the first signs of puberty decreases and healthcare providers and parents grapple with what to do about it. In 1997, a landmark study published in the journal Pediatrics confirmed what anyone who had been to a shopping mall or water park recently could confirm: American girls are growing up faster (at least physically) than their mothers and grandmothers did. The study of more than 17,000 girls in the US found that 1 percent of Caucasian girls and 3 percent of African American girls begin developing breasts and/or pubic hair by age 3. By age 8, roughly half of African American girls and 15 percent of Caucasian girls show clear signs of sexual development. Overall, African American girls begin puberty between age 8 and 9, and Caucasian girls begin by age 10—as much as a full year earlier than in the 1960s. And girls today start menstruating between ages 12 and 13, slightly earlier than in decades past.

Because boys’ first sign of sexual development (enlargement of the testicles) is more hidden, data on them remains sparse. But one federally funded 2001 study of more than 2,000 boys suggests they too are maturing earlier, with 30 percent of Caucasians, 38 percent of African Americans, and 27 percent of Latinos showing some genital development by age 8, and an average age for pubic hair development between 11 and 12.

In order to quiet parental fears and prevent unnecessary treatment with potentially dangerous medications, many in the pediatrics community have responded by lowering the definition of “norma...

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