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Precocious puberty hi, we have an 8 1/2 yr old boy. we are noticing that his underarm hair is visibly darker and has visible upper lip hair. he is prone to developing body odour, though does not drink enough water and sweats easily. we raised the conce

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Dr. Ryan Stewart
Pediatrics - Endocrinology 18 years experience
Look at testes: The first sign of puberty in a boy is testes enlargement. Pubic hair is controlled by the adrenal gland is usually a benign condition. However, the best answer is for a pediatric endocrinologist to take a look at him.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Andrenarche: What you are describing all fits with the activities of the adrenal glands, which can become more active a couple years before puberty.Boys first sign of puberty is the change in their testis from peanut size to giant olive. Your info was cut off mid sentence... I see this in normal kids.If concerned get a 2nd opinion.

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