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8 yr old girl experiencing nipple soreness

11/18/2008

Question:

what may cause nipple soreness in the left nipple of my 8 yr old girl? how can she get relief?

Answer:

Typically, nipple soreness is caused by one of two thing: external irritation (from a shirt or other garment) or the beginning of puberty.  If there is a visible sign of irritation such as a cut or abrasion topical antibiotics can help, and typically ibuprofen at the appropriate dose will help relieve the pain and tenderness.

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Response by:

Michael Spigarelli, MD, PhD
Formerly, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati