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My friend has early onset of puberty. How do I avoid getting it?

My friend has early onset of puberty. How do I avoid getting it?

Not contagious: You can't catch early onset puberty from someone. That said, the most common cause of early onset puberty is unknown. A smaller percentage of kids with early onset puberty have familial tendencies, pituitary and brain abnormalities. ...Read more

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Dr. Chevies Newman
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If your daughter has precocious puberty, should you take her to the doctor to get treatment?

If your daughter has precocious puberty, should you take her to the doctor to get treatment?

Take her to her : pediatrician first. If your daughter had her first period or breast growth before age 8, (s)he will refer her to a pediatric endocrinologist who will evaluate her for an underlying medical cause & advise treatment based on the results of the evaluation. See http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/precocious-puberty/basics/risk-factors/con-20029745. It is important for her health & safety. ...Read more

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What symptoms does someone with early onset of puberty have?

Findings: Generally, girls who develop breast tissue before they're 8 yo and boys with genital enlargement prior to age 9 yo are considered to have early puberty. If pubic hair is the only finding, the adrenal gland may be a source of hormones which is associated with puberty, but not actually puberty. ...Read more

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Is there any correlation between autism and early onset of puberty?

Is there any correlation between autism and early onset of puberty?

Autism: Puberty can be thought of as a river being held in check by a dam. Negative or inhibitory impulses hold back puberty from starting early. Any "crack" in the dam can bring on puberty earlier by canceling these inhibitory impulses. Tumors, trauma, seizures, or even neuro chemical imballances may do this. ...Read more

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How is gonadotropin-independent precocious puberty typically diagnosed?

How is gonadotropin-independent precocious puberty typically diagnosed?

Blood work: Peripheral precocious puberty (gonadotrophin independent) is easily distinguished from central precocious puberty with blood tests. Genetic testing is also available to help determine certain causes. ...Read more

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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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What is precocious puberty?

Early puberty : It is defined by girls who start developing secondary sexual characteristics before age 8 years-old and in boys before age 9 years-old. ...Read more

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What is precocious puberty?

What is  precocious puberty?

Precocious puberty: Precocious puberty is pubertal development before age 8 in girls and age 9 in boys. The causes are too many and 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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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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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