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Precocious Puberty

Key Points About Precocious Puberty in Children

  • Puberty that happens early is called precocious puberty. This means a child's physical signs of sexual maturity develop too soon. Precocious puberty happens before age 8 in girls and before age 9 in boys.
  • Signs can include breast or testicular growth, pubic hair and voice changes.
  • It may be caused by tumors or growths on the ovaries, adrenal glands, pituitary gland or brain. In many cases, no cause can be found for the disorder.
  • Treatment may be done with synthetic gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists. This can stop the sexual maturity process.
  • Early puberty may make a child feel self-conscious and embarrassed or be teased by other children.
  • You can help your child by treating them like normal, boosting their self-esteem and seeking a child counselor if more help is needed.

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