My daughter was almost four years old.
I was giving her a bath when I felt something different on her left breast. I did not think much of it until the following day during my daughter’s weekly ‘Tui Na’ session, when her Chinese physician also felt that something was amiss.
I grew worried and began searching for more information. I found out that it could be a sign of precocious puberty. I became even more anxious.
My husband and I decided to bring our daughter to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) to see a specialist. The specialist said it was a breast bud and it could be a sign for precocious puberty. Our daughter was prescribed a series of tests to find a cause for her breast bud. The doctor concluded that there was an external source of female hormone in her body that was responsible. The source, however, was not determined.
Without being given any medication or treatment plan, we were told to monitor our daughter’s condition, and return again in four months’ time. The doctor added that we should return to the hospital immediately if her situation worsens.
I was helpless. It was a great struggle for me, not knowing where the external female hormone was coming from. The unknown made me terrified. I became wary of the food she ate, the utensils she used, and the toys she played with; they could have been estrogenic. I was living in constant fear; I could have given something estrogenic to her because of my ignorance.