No breasts at 12 years

My 12 -year -old daughter is yet to bring out any breast even though her younger sister who is just 10 years has started developing some breasts. Kindly advise me on what I can do about this.

Irene (by SMS)

 

Although breast development normally begins to appear in girls between ages 8 to 14 years old, there could be some delays in some girls for many reasons.  Breast development in girls is considered delayed when breasts don’t develop by age 13. The commonest cause of the delay is that it runs in families. However, since your younger daughter has already started having breasts, the problem does not seem to run in families. Another common cause of delayed puberty in girls is lack of body fat. Being too thin can disrupt the normal process of puberty. Delayed puberty also may occur when the ovaries produce too little or no hormones as well in some other underlying medical conditions. Since your daughter is still just 12 years old, I will suggest that you wait for a while before taking any further action on the issue.

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