Early Puberty: Speak To Your Doctor If You Spot These Signs


Early Puberty
Early Puberty

Puberty is a natural process and occurs when a child’s body begins to develop and change as they become adults. However, it may not be a good sign if your child starts puberty too early. Parents need to be educated about the signs of early puberty, also called precocious puberty, as these physical changes could psychologically affect your child more than you think.

It is important for parents to pay attention to these signs of early puberty.

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Signs And Symptoms In Boys
Before age 9

  • Enlarged testicles and penis
  • Pubic or underarm hair
  • Facial hair on the upper lips
  • Deepening voice
  • Chest development
  • Muscle development
  • Acne and adult body odor
  • Rapid height growth or a growth spurt

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Signs And Symptoms In Girls
Before age 9

  • Breast development
  • Pubic and underarm hair
  • Changes in body shape e.g. waistline and hips become more evident
  • Start of menstruation
  • Acne and adult body odor
  • Rapid height growth or a growth spurt

Diagnosing Early Puberty Or Precocious Puberty

  • Consult with your doctor to develop a profile
  • X-ray imaging to assess the bone maturity
  • Hormonal blood testing
  • MRI scan to investigate any possible causes
  • Ultrasound scan to assess the ovaries

reatment For Precocious Puberty

  • Treating any underlying cause
  • Using medication to reduce hormone levels and pause sexual development
  • Evaluating the symptoms regularly

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