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Is there anything I can do if my 7yo seems like she is having precocious puberty?

Is there anything I can do if my 7yo seems like she is having precocious puberty?

Go to the doctor: Early puberty is defined in girls when breast development begins before she's 8 yo. In boys, genital enlargement before 9 yo is considered early. An evaluation by your child's pediatrician or family practice doctor can help to determine if further evaluation is needed by a pediatric endocrinologist who specializes in conditions which cause early development of secondary sexual characteristics. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Precocious Puberty (Definition)

Precocious puberty is a medical condition in which development of secondary sex characteristics (breasts, testicular enlargement) occurs before age 8 in girls and age 9 in boys. Often times, especially in girls, the cause is unknown and not harmful to the child. However, all children with precocious puberty should see a doctor to rule out harmful causes such as cancer. Furthermore, early puberty can stunt growth due to premature closure of the growth plates. Early detection and intervention can prevent ...Read more


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Is precocious puberty a disease?

Is precocious puberty a disease?

Yes: Precocious puberty is abnormal: pubertal development before age 8 in girls and age 9 in boys. The causes are too complex to review here, but are divided into gdpp) early developmental signals from the brain, and gipp) abnormal steroid production, such as from tumors or ingesting hormonal medication. Over 80% of gdpp in girls is idiopathic, meaning no cause is identified. ...Read more

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What causes precocious puberty in a boy?

Not sure: Precocious puberty is the development of sexual characteristics before the age of 8. Most causes are idiopathic, in other words, they are not known, there are causes that can be more serious, like tumors and should be evaluated immediately by an endocrinologist. Early treatment is very important and can prevent the progression of the process. This is important and should be addressed asap. ...Read more

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What are the tests for precocious puberty?

What are the tests for precocious puberty?

Different types: Physical exam is most important. Bone age x-ray to determine "biological age". If this looks like true precocious puberty to a pediatric endocrinologist then it's important to determine the cause. A stimulation test will help identify if the pituitary is releasing pubertal hormones because random levels can be misleadingly low. If puberty isn't pituitary generated, tests for other causes needed. ...Read more

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Is precocious puberty considered a disease?

Is precocious puberty considered a disease?

No: It may be a symptom of a disease, but not a disease by itself. The most common cause is idiopathic. Many kids with precocious puberty don't need treatment. Boys more likely than girls to need treatment. However, a proper evaluation is always necessary with either pediatrician or pediatric endocrinologist to make this determination. ...Read more

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Are there side effecs of precocious puberty?

Are there side effecs of precocious puberty?

Precocious puberty: Precocious puberty is pubertal development before age 8 in girls . The causes are divided into gdpp) early signals from the brain, and gipp) abnormal steroid levels, such as from tumors or hormonal medication. In over 80% of gdpp in girls no cause is identified. Untreated kids generally have short adult height; obviously tumors can cause other problems as well. ...Read more

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What are some of the effects of precocious puberty?

Precocious puberty : In boys before age 9 and in girls before 8, the presence of enlarging testes and breast development, respectively is considered early. Pubic hair and body odor come from the adrenal glands and are associated but not hormonally driven by the puberty hormones in the pituitary gland. Causes are numerous and may not need treatment. Final height potential may be shortened by early growth plate fusion. ...Read more

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What are environmental causes of precocious puberty?

What are environmental causes of precocious puberty?

Environmental: No one has proven that there are environmental causes per se. Theories exist regarding soy products which may contain phyto- estrogens. Another common theory is that hormones are placed in meat or milk. All of these are conjecture and really have no basis in fact. One proven association is weight gain and obesity in girls which predisposes them to developing early. ...Read more

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Puberty (Definition)

Puberty is the normal condition in which a humans physically change from child to a teenage pre-adult who is able to reproduce (become fertile, able to have children). Pubertal development is divided into 5 stages by appearance (Tanner stages). Adolescence is time when puberty occurs, and includes ...Read more


Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Very Early Puberty (Definition)

Very early puberty is the appearance of sexual characteristics (pubic hair, breasts, etc.) ...Read more