Having children is such a joy. All we envision is cooing, sweet little toes, and the like. We love to see them blossom. However, there are several problems that children face in that process. One such handicap is precocious puberty.
Precocious puberty is when a child’s body begins changing into that of an adult (puberty) too soon. Puberty that begins before age 8 in girls and before age 9 in boys is considered precocious puberty.
Puberty includes rapid growth of bones and muscles, changes in body shape and size, and development of the body’s ability to reproduce.
The cause of precocious puberty often can’t be found. Rarely, certain conditions, such as infections, hormone disorders, tumors, brain abnormalities or injuries, may cause precocious puberty. Treatment for precocious puberty typically includes medication to delay further development.
Precocious puberty signs and symptoms include development of the following before age 8 in girls and before age 9 in boys.
Signs and symptoms in girls include:
- Breast growth
- First period (menarche)
Signs and symptoms in boys include:
- Enlarged testicles and penis
- Facial hair (usually grows first on the upper lip)
- Deepening voice
Signs and symptoms that can occur in boys or girls include:
- Pubic or underarm hair
- Rapid growth
- Adult body odor
Mayo Clinic Staff (Jan-02-2014). Precocious puberty. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/precocious-puberty/basics/definition/con-20029745
In my thoughts, this condition is a real nightmare. In my next post, I shall share with you an experience of one family with this condition.