Precocious Puberty Causes
In most cases, experts don't know what causes central precocious puberty, mostly in girls.
Sometimes, a medical condition activates central precocious puberty. Causes are equally common in boys and children under age 6, especially if puberty is moving along quickly. They can include:
Tumors and other growths, which are often benign
Brain injury, either from surgery or a blow to the head, that affects hormonal balances
Inflammation of the brain, sometimes from an infection
Only a small number of central precocious puberty cases in boys result from a medical problem. It’s even less common in girls.
Precocious Puberty Symptoms
The signs of early puberty and puberty are usually the same. It’s the timing that differs. Signs include:
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the causes of precocious puberty?
It may be caused by tumors or growths on the ovaries, adrenal glands, pituitary gland, or brain. Other causes may include central nervous system problems, family history of the disease, or certain rare genetic syndromes. In many cases, no cause can be found for the disorder.
How do I know if my child has precocious puberty?
Puberty that happens early is called precocious puberty. This means a child’s physical signs of sexual maturity develop too soon. Precocious puberty happens before age 8 in girls, and before age 9 in boys. Signs can include breast growth, pubic hair, and voice changes
Is it necessary to treat precocious puberty?
If another medical condition is causing your child’s precocious puberty, treatment of that condition is necessary to stop the progress of puberty. For example, if a child has a tumor that’s producing hormones and causing precocious puberty, puberty usually will stop when the tumor is surgically removed.
Precocious puberty, also identified as early puberty, is when a child’s body starts to go through the transformation into an adult body early .
on average puberty age start in girls between ages 8 and 13 and in boys between ages 9 and 14.
Girls who show clear signs of puberty and its progression before age 8 and boys before age 9 are considered precocious. It affects about 1 out of 5,000 children.
There are two types of precocious puberty:
Precocious Puberty Risk Factors
While they aren’t necessarily reasons, a number of things are linked to early puberty. They include:
Precocious Puberty Diagnosis
To figure out if your child has precocious puberty, your doctor may:
Go over their medical history.
Do a physical exam.
Do a blood test to check their hormone levels.
X-ray their hands and wrists to look at bone age. This tells them if the bones are growing too quickly.
Precocious Puberty Complications
For kids, early puberty can cause physical and emotional problems. They include:
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